The Engaging China Project is a new, national, youth-driven, not-for-profit,China-literacy booster initiative of the Australia-China Youth Association.Our aim is to ignite China the hearts and minds of Australian high school students by imparting real-world experience and stories of our team of young China Ambassadors.
We assist the secondary school sector to engage with contemporary China in the classroom and support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority “Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia”.
The Engaging China Project introduces a network of China-literate university students and young professionals aged 20 to 35 into classrooms to share their experiences in China with high school students. Our Engaging China Project Ambassadors provide highly relevant context to the opportunities and realities that China offers young people.
We are administered by a well-credentialed national team, with a full-time National Director. Our state based managers in NSW and Victoria are currently partnering with four pilot schools. Pilot programs will be rolled out in QLD, WA, SA and the ACT over the coming months.
We are staffed by volunteers, drawn from the Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) and the Australia China Young Professionals Initiative (ACYPI) and the Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD). All have lived,worked, travelled and/or studied in China, are Mandarin-speakers and have upper-intermediate to advanced skills in China engagement. We are currently funded by the ANU Australian Centre for China in the World until December 2013.
We deliver face-to-face workshops in high schools for students, teachers, parents and principals as well as providing online China-literacy resources for young people and schools via our website and social media platforms.