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China

The Context
China is a country that is constantly changing, renowned for its strong economy, rich cultural heritage, and breathtaking natural landscapes. With a population of over 1.4 billion people, education in China is critical to shaping the country’s future.

Despite significant improvements over the years, the Chinese education system still faces many challenges. The wide disparity between rural and urban regions is one of the most severe problems. Many children in remote and impoverished areas of the country receive poor schooling due to a lack of modern facilities and teaching tools. Another challenge is to provide equal opportunities for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status.

These are undoubtedly tricky problems, but the Chinese government has demonstrated commitment to addressing them, with significant investments in infrastructure and initiatives targeted at closing the existing and launching a modernization process.

ST Foundation’s presence
In 2014, the ST Foundation initiated its journey in China, marking the start with the first Introduction to Computers Basics Facilitation Course (ICBF) in collaboration with the ST factory in Shenzhen. This course was designed to train volunteers from the local area, empowering them with the knowledge to contribute efficiently to our mission.

The event gained significant support from colleagues, fostering a growing commitment to the Foundation’s objectives. Since then, volunteer involvement from ST has expanded, playing a crucial role in extending the reach of the DU Program.

Despite facing challenges in 2020, which led to a temporary pause in activities, the Foundation swiftly adapted and resumed regular classes throughout 2021, ensuring continuity in its educational mission.

To date, the program has successfully engaged over 5,300 participants, demonstrating the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to reducing the digital divide and enhancing access to technology for communities in China.