The Engaging China Project is a national, not-for-profit initiative of the Australia-China Youth Association to increase Chinese literacy. Our aim is to add depth and authenticity to secondary school children’s learnings of China and the Chinese language by imparting real-world experiences 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 cross-curriculum priority “Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia” in the Australian National Curriculum.
The Engaging China Project introduces a network of China-literate university students and young professionals aged 20-35 into classrooms to share their experiences in China with high school students. Our Engaging China Project Ambassadors provide relevance and an authentic 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. We have state teams in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia. Though we are an independent not-for-profit organisation, we are supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and appeared in the Department’s China Country Strategy.
We are staffed by volunteers and work closely with the Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA), the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative (ACYPI) and the Australia-China Youth Dialogue. All volunteers have lived, worked, travelled and/or studied in China, are Mandarin speakers and have upper-intermediate to advanced skills in China engagement.
We deliver face-to-face workshops in high schools for students, teachers, parents and principals as well as providing online China resources for young people and schools via our website and social media platforms.