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For millennia, China has been a source of inspiration to the rest of the world. From its discovery of silk to the invention of paper, China has impacted on the way we live, connect, trade and innovate. Desire for its exquisite porcelain and delicious tea had a profound impact on western arts, fashion, society and the imagination in the 18th and 19thcenturies. More recently, the west has benefitted from cheap items manufactured in China. However, China is now moving up the value chain having remained an under-developed country when the west industrialised. It is only in the last 40 years that China has propelled itself into the consciousness of the west through its extraordinary economic development. Its subsequent impact and influence through trade, innovation, investment and the Chinese diaspora are being felt across the political, economic, environmental spheres and, indeed, over all aspects of human endeavour. Its political tradition is a challenge to western democracies and yet its landscapes, ethnic diversity, history, language, culture and inventions have plenty to inspire curious, young minds. Importantly, without China, the world cannot hope to find solutions to global problems like climate change and future pandemics.
Engage with China was established in 2018 with the core objective of building a China-literate generation. Having a ‘China-curious’ talent pool will help to plug a huge and widely recognised skills gap and will benefit the nation and the world around us.
Post Brexit and in these uncertain political and economic times, the firm objective of the charity and its trustees remains to develop global awareness through the case study of China, to benefit young people by giving them a more rounded education and to build competitive edge in a world where a quarter of the world’s population is Chinese.
To achieve this aim, Engage with China relies on support from trusts, grant-making bodies, businesses and individuals. Any amount you may be able to give, no matter how big or small, makes an enormous difference and allows us to develop more teaching materials and learning resources; extend our reach into schools; engage in our local communities through creative and cultural activity days and Chinese New Year and work with heritage sites and museums to broaden horizons and break down community barriers.
Engage with China needs your help to build our team, extend our reach and build aspiration, opportunity and vital cultural skills fit for the 21 st century.
It costs £24 per pupil to provide a life-changing China Challenge Day into a school.
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A nation’s young people are its future assets. With knowledge comes power and opportunity. We believe that equipping young people with China knowledge will enable them to play a vital role on the world stage in the future, be it in politics, economics, global sustainability, climate change or tech.
Our annual, international, climate change, Model United Nations Conference ‘Good Cop Bad Cop2’ is a unique platform for students from around the world, including China, to share their voice about the impact of climate change in their communities and to influence positive behaviour change. Please contact us using the form below to find out more and to see how you can partner with us.
Engage with China relies on support from schools, grants, businesses and individuals. Without you we cannot build aspiration, opportunity and vital cultural skills fit for the 21 st century. It costs £24 per pupil to provide a life-changing China Challenge Day into a school. To make a donation, please click here
If you want to make sure that young people can find cross-cultural solutions to global problems and meet sustainability goals in the future when you’re gone, please get in touch using the form below.
We are currently planning a high profile fundraising event in London in November 2023 for senior executives. Please get in touch if you would like to sponsor us or volunteer to help organise the event by using the form below.
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