Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones (上海闵行区华漕铺路石青少年发展中心) is a not-for-profit volunteering organization registered in Shanghai with a mission to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China.

Stepping Stones has hosted numerous programs focused on children’s education and well-being since 2006. Stepping Stones has more than a thousand volunteers who are devoted to helping 10,000-15,000 children from disadvantaged families in 10 provinces each year. We help children discover the joy of learning a foreign language and digital literacy. We also provide professional training to foreign language teachers.

Our programs offer a rewarding way to get to know another side of China’s society and to contribute in an impactful way to the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children.

铺路石青少年发展中心是一家注册于上海的非营利性公益组织。自2006年开始,铺路石肩负着改善中国弱势儿童的教育和综合福利的使命,举办了许多以儿童教育和福利为重点的项目。铺路石每年有千余名志愿者致力于帮助中国10个省份的弱势家庭儿童发现外语学习和数字素养课程的乐趣我们还为外语教师提供专业培训。

我们的项目每年直接惠及10,000至15,000名学生,其中大部分学生每周上课。参加我们项目的学生在自信心和学习兴趣方面都有显著的改善和提高,这也有助于他们将来获得更好的教育和工作机会。此外,学生可以接触到不同的文化,并较早地接触到志愿者项目和志愿精神。

Our Vision

Our Vision

Stepping Stones’ vision is equal access to a quality education and general welfare for all children in China.

Our Values

Our Values

Stamina
We are hard-working and resilient
 
Teamwork
We work together with trust and respect to bring about change

Empathy
We are open-minded and inclusive, and embrace diverse opinions

Passion
We are proactive and courageous, and put our beneficiaries’ needs at the heart of all we do

Our Program Objectives

Our Program Objectives

To increase students’ confidence and self-esteem

To optimise students’ access to better quality education and work opportunities in the future

To connect communities to promote inter-cultural understanding

To promote responsible and high impact volunteering

Our Mission

Stepping Stones’ mission is to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China.

Our Focus 我们的专注

  Our Focus is on two key subjects where resources are in short supply in disadvantaged communities: English and digital literacy.

我们关注弱势群体资源短缺的两个关键学科:英语和计算机数字素养。


English 英语

Stepping Stones’ work began in 2006, when principals of migrant schools in Shanghai and rural Chinese schools asked our founder to teach English to their students. English is the subject that poses the most challenges to rural and other disadvantaged children, due to inadequate English language learning resources. Lack of attainment in English skills restricts educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged children and youth. Our main objectives are to improve students’ motivation and confidence in English, which are two key dimensions of learning a second language.

Our approach is designed to place emphasis upon teaching English through speaking and listening activities and to maximize the active participation and engagement of students in the teaching-learning process. Our volunteers are trained to provide fun and interactive oral English lessons, which motivate and engage students by using only English in the classroom.

铺路石始于2006年,当时上海的民工学校和乡村学校的校长们请我们的创始人华柯林女士给他们的学生们教授英语。由于英语学习资源不足,英语是农村和其他弱势儿童面临的最大挑战。缺乏英语技能限制了弱势儿童及青少年的教育和就业机会。我们的主要目标是帮助学生们提高学习英语的动机和信心,这是学习第二语言的两个关键因素。

我们的教学方法旨在强调通过口语和听力活动教授英语,并最大限度地让学生们积极参与教学过程。我们的志愿者均进过培训,提供有趣、互动的英语口语课程,通过在课堂上只使用英语来激发学生的积极性和参与性。


Digital Literacy 数字素养

Digital literacy skills are essential for success in the 21st century. We can hardly live without the internet, and without computer skills, work opportunities are highly limited. Unfortunately, the digital literacy rate among our beneficiaries in China remains extremely low. This low rate can be attributed to lack of computers in homes and schools, and even where there are computers in schools, there is a shortage of computer teachers. Lack of digital literacy skills, together with low self-esteem, lack of support and a generally poor quality of education significantly contributes to a low rate of high school or vocational school enrollment in our beneficiary communities.

We do not believe that by simply bringing computers and internet to our beneficiaries, we will magically help each child to be successful. But we do believe that with the right balance of fun and challenge, mentoring, encouragement and discipline, as well as a carefully planned curriculum and properly trained teachers, we can begin to help the children develop many of the digital literacy skills they are currently missing to be better prepared for today’s fast moving and tech-focused society.

数字素养技能对于21世纪是非常必备的能力。我们的生活已经离不开互联网,离不开计算机技能。没有这些技能的话,我们的工作机遇会非常有限。很不幸的是,在中国我们帮助的对象很多在数字素养上有太多的不足。这些不足,不仅仅只是学校或者家里缺乏像电脑这样的终端设备,更大的不足是学校或者社区没有足够的计算机老师。缺乏数字素养的技能,没有自律和自学的引导方式,缺乏足够高质量的数字素养教育资源,使我们需要帮助的群体在他们所在的社区和环境无法进入合适的高中或者职业培训学校。

我们不相信只是把电脑和互联网带进我们帮助的群体,就能神奇地帮助他们获得成功。
但我们相信,只要恰当地平衡趣味性、挑战性,鼓励和纪律性,再加上精心规划的课程和训练有素的教师,我们能够帮助孩子们提升其缺少的数字素养,为融入当下正在快速发展且科技化的社会做好准备。