Education in China is free up to age 15, but it is still difficult for rural families along the Silk Road to achieve academically. Village schools have fewer resources, so many children board at town or city schools from a young age. Others are left behind in the country to live with relatives and attend a village school, while their parents earn money in the city.
Many Silk Road children learn in Mandarin Chinese at school, but speak their ethnic language at home. It can be hard for them to keep up with school since their parents usually are unable to help them with homework in Mandarin.
Pray for good educational opportunities for China’s Silk Road children. Pray that they will get the support and encouragement they need, especially when they live apart from their parents and when they have to cope with multiple languages.