In 2002, a few young and ambitious people who are interested in arts founded Gongyou zhijia (Spiritual Home Of Migrant Labors), which is an NGO aims at improving the living standards and protecting the rights of migrant labors. Based on this NGO, they created performance team for labors, built charitable shops, provided labor training etc. In 2005, they founded a school for migrant workers’ children. It is aimed for the education of migrants’ children under the background of the shortage of education supply and the discrimination of these children due to the Household Registration system. The majority of teachers are consisted of volunteers at first and then gradually shift to employees. Now the teachers can be classified into three categories, namely long-term volunteers, short-term volunteers, and full-time employed workers. They provide education service for PiCun village and ten other surrounding communities. The number of students vary from year to year. The highest number is above 800, and now there are about 460. The school is open from 7:00am to 4:00, but students can stay until 7:00pm if their parents are too busy to pick them up. Since 2014, the children of migrant workers are not allowed to go to public schools, and this kind of private school is not legally acknowledged by the state, therefore, the head of the school has to fight for resources form the society. They try their best to organize rich activities, including visiting museum, libraries, stadiums etc. The aim is not only to teach them to require knowledge, but also to be a responsible human being. School funding mostly comes from NGOs and tuitions fees, the former covers facilities, and the later covers teachers’ salaries.
Since 2005, the school received tremendous support from the society, but it still faces problems of getting fund and the building legitimacy. This reflects the hardship the integration of migrant workers under the background of China’s current social environment.