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Migrants Workers Prepare for Work in Beijing
Internal migration is one of the key challenges China will face this century. A report released last week by the United Nations Development Programme estimates that the next two decades will see around 400 million Chinese migrating from rural to urban areas. That's more than the entire population of the United States. Providing these new workers with sufficient skills to live and work in a new urban environment is of the utmost importance. CRI's Dominic Swire recently visited one training centre in Beijing that is doing just that.
The Fuping Development Institute located in a suburb just outside Beijing offers courses on ironing, cleaning, looking after children and cooking. All its students are migrant workers, and the aim is to teach them enough skills so they can find work in the city.
Tao Suxiang from Henan Province is one of the students. She says one of the most useful skills she has learnt is how to care for the elderly.
"Before coming to this school I thought caring for the elderly was simple. But after studying here, I learnt much more about the psychology of old people."
The school, which is generously supported by U.S. software firm Microsoft, also offers computer training and advice on applying for jobs. Since its founding in 2002 the institute has trained more than 20,000 students.
One of the students is Ma Xiu Jie from west China's Gansu Province who studied at the school in 2009. She now works at the front desk of a hotel in Beijing but still continues to visit the centre to give presentations to the current students.
Ma Xiu Jie stresses the importance of picking up basic computer skills.
"The computer is a necessary tool for a family in the 21st century. Knowing how to use one is a basic skill. Lacking these skills is like your parents' generation being unable to use a TV."
The school was originally opened eight years ago by Tang Min, Deputy Secretary General of the China Development Research Foundation and a former economist at the Asian Development Bank. He says one of the most important functions of the school is to help rural workers make the transition to daily life in an urban environment, which can be difficult for some.
"They come to the urban area without any training. For them it's very difficult to adapt to modern life. Many of them don't even know how to cross a street. They've never used an ATM machine. They don't know how to shop in a supermarket. These are basic skills. And, of course, for their own jobs they need a lot of training."
With schemes such as these help ensure migrant workers are an asset to society, rather than a burden on the state, it is hoped that Chinese cities will be fully able to take advantage of the expected huge influx of human potential over the coming years.