Stepping Stones China (SSC) is a not-for-profit charitable organization, established in 2006 and registered in Shanghai. Our mission is to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China.
Since 2006, SSC has recruited and trained both foreign and local volunteers to teach English to children of migrant workers living in Shanghai, who cannot attend local public schools. Currently, around 350 volunteers teach English to 5,000 students in 30 migrant schools and community centres in suburban Shanghai each week. We also take groups of volunteers to teach English to children in schools in rural China and run other charitable projects including the provision of free eye care, computer skills classes and teacher training.
English is one of the three core subjects in the Chinese school curriculum, and where the migrant children struggle to compete with the urban children. Due to a lack of quality and qualified English teachers, the student's English level is the biggest differentiator between urban and rural Chinese children and leads to a gap in educational and employment opportunities.