The Need Is Great
Tens of millions of children growing up in China’s high-poverty communities do not have access to a quality education. While 70% of students from China’s major cities attend college, less than 5% of students from poor rural areas go on to higher education. Teach For China seeks to address one of the greatest social inequities affecting China’s low-income populations today – the fact that where a child is born determines his or her educational prospects, and, therefore, life opportunities.
You Can Make A Difference
Teach For China is forging a community of dedicated supporters who share its vision of one day ending educational inequity in China. A gift of 50,000 RMB or more helps fund the cost to recruit, train, and support outstanding young leaders to become effective, inspiring teachers. Through two years of service as full-time, core-subject teachers in low-income schools, Teach For China teachers (called “Fellows”) lead their students to develop the academic knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to embark on dramatically improved life paths. Simultaneously, through the experience of teaching and working with local administrations, Fellows gain a deep understanding of the issues surrounding educational inequity, becoming equipped and motivated to advance the cause of educational equity from a variety of professional fields.
Teach For China Fellows come from diverse backgrounds, but share the conviction that a quality education has the power to put children on new life paths:
Dazhai Middle School
On a volunteer service trip through Henan province, “I was struck by the large gap between the English ability of rural students and the students I had encountered in Beijing. I thought to myself, if I were not lucky enough to be in the States, where would I be today?”
(University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Ximu Elementry School
"I've seen the transformative power of great teaching. Now I will switch roles and become the type of leader that I admired so much as a student.”
Xiao Xuan 肖璇
Linxiang District No. 2 Middle School
"I know that, as a teacher, I have a unique ability to help inspire in these children the hope and motivation that they need to change their own futures. Equipped with a strong support network, and a willingness and eagerness to learn, we have the resources needed to make that dream a reality. I firmly believe that my two years as a teacher are only the beginning, and the best is yet to come.”
Li Ying 李颖
(Shanghai Liaotong University)
Wenhua Elementary School
“As a volunteer teacher in college, I experienced both the unique challenge and joy that comes with teaching. I believe that the firsthand experience and training that I will gain from Teach For China will be invaluable toward my long-term goal of joining the political or policy sector and making an impact on the Chinese education system.”
How It Works
Step 1. You complete a Sponsorship Commitment form, which we use to make the best possible match between you and your sponsored Fellow.
Step 2. We provide you with background information on your Fellow and periodic classroom updates, along with regional and national updates about the organization.
Step 3. After you have received your introductory packet, you will have the opportunity to connect with the Fellow you have sponsored. Some Donors take on mentorship roles, others receive letters. Of course, you are free to decide the level of contact you wish to maintain with your Fellow.
If you would like to join the Sponsor A Teacher a program or have any other questions, please contact Teach For China’s Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org