Education Inequality in China: One of the World's Greatest Injustices

Description: Speaker:  Hannah Kerne, Teach for China Fellow, 2012-2014, SLU Alumnus, 2011, Economics, Political Science, and Asian Studies Certificate   In China today, millions of children do not have access to a quality education. Less than 5% of children born in rural China have the opportunity to go to college, compared to 70% of their urban counterparts. We believe that this can and must be changed.

Established in 2008, Teach For China is a non-profit organization taking a unique approach to eliminating educational inequity in China by enlisting the US and China's most promising future leaders in the effort.

Funded by the Ford Foundation and the Education Bureau of China, the Teach For China Fellowship sends a cohort of outstanding Chinese and American graduates from top universities to work as full-time teachers in China's most under-resourced schools for two years.

Teach For China Fellows are:

 *   Trained through an intensive six-week Summer Training Institute focused on building teaching, leadership, communication and professional capabilities
 *   Placed in cross-cultural teams at their host schools
 *   Will directly work with and impact 100 students in rural China

Teach For China is the first and only organization to partner young leaders from China and the US in a long-term service initiative. As a partner of Teach For America, Teach For China aspires to develop a cohort of internationally connected leaders who understand firsthand the challenges facing students in low-income communities, and who share the insight and conviction to advance the cause of educational equity at the highest reaches of academia, business, civil society, and government.

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