Here are some statistics that may surprise you:
- Only 5 of 10 kids in China graduate High School
- Education in China is only free through the 9th Grade
- Over 40,000 families in Shanghai cannot afford the costs of education in Shanghai
Rotary Club of Shanghai wants to improve those numbers.
Early in our 2019/2020 Rotary year, Rotary Club of Shanghai began to support Shanghai Sunrise, a local NGO that provides education scholarships to high potential children coming from a hardship circumstances. Shanghai Sunrise has been operating for over 20 years, and has helped over 3000 students since its foundation. It is a registered NGO working together with the Shanghai Charity Foundation.
Children and their families are vetted through several interviews before being selected. The process begins in July for a seat in the classroom in September. An average of 150 children are approved and funded through Shanghai Sunrise every year.
RCS is currently sponsoring three 10th grade students in Shanghai, and will support these children until they graduate High School. Tuition, uniforms, books and fees are covered by the scholarship. We meet with the children at least twice a year to maintain a presence in their lives.
Beginning with the 2020/2021 Rotary year, RCS will take a more active role with Shanghai Sunrise: promoting the program’s benefits within Rotary China and creating awareness through ICC channels as well. Our hope is to have Rotary sponsorship of 25 children by the start of the 2021 school year. We are scheduling career days and factory visits to continue our engagement with the children. We want to be active in their lives and give them a leg up on their future.
Together, we can make a difference!