What is the programme? 

Engage with China is an educational charity to build China literacy across UK schools. 

A programme to upskill all school children in the UK on China's past and present, allowing them to understand the world's second largest economy better in order to engage and make use of all opportunities they may be afforded in their lifetimes. Reinforcing a global outlook, collaboration, and curiosity about a civilization that has a history of 5,000 years and a nation that will impact the lives of young people in the UK in so many ways. 

The charity has a dedicated website, to find out more click on the button below 

Why is it needed? 

Understanding China better is strategically important to the UK, particularly in this Brexit era. Whilst the government has launched the Mandarin for Excellence Programme funding mandarin learning in up to 20 schools, young teenagers’ exposure to China is generally very limited or non-existent in the curriculum. This programme aims to fill this gap and to ‘put China on the map.’ It will build China knowledge and enable young people to recognise the competition they will face from their Chinese peer group - (who are more culturally aware and bi-lingual) - for global jobs in the future.


Engage with China really served to build cultural capital amongst our pupils and added value across multiple subject areas. In addition, the role-play really pushed them out of their comfort zone to understand that many life scenarios involve negotiation. 
Head of Y12, St Michael’s High School, Liverpool 
It is a great idea to increase awareness of China and to introduce the real China to our students.
Teehan Page, Westminster School 
China is a country of huge strategic importance to the UK, and education plays a key role in developing that wider relationship with significant economic, educational and diplomatic benefits.
Rt. Hon. Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards in letter to Chopsticks Club, March 2018 

How is the programme delivered? 

The programme is delivered via a 'Challenge day'. This is a full ‘off timetable’ curriculum enrichment day delivered by China experts directly into primary and secondary schools. Adding cultural literacy to the curriculum and making connections across subject disciplines, China is brought alive in the classroom across multiple themes from the environment to innovation. Our programme stimulates global outlook, encourages problem-solving, builds aspiration and curiosity about the world’s second largest economy and includes analysis, discussing ideas and public speaking. Through an understanding of their place in a world where the status quo in shifting, Engage with China builds resilience and confidence, brings global issues to the forefront and gives young people the tools to make them more employable in the competitive global job market.

STOP PRESS: While covid19 restrictions are still in place, the programme will be delivered by pre-recorded online lessons either supervised  by the teachers in the classroom setting or pupils from home,unsupervised. 
Included in the options are a China themed 'wellbeing' package of six lessons.

To find out more or book a challenge day email: theresabooth@engagewithchina.org

How to support the programme?

  • Sponsor a state school or cluster of schools to receive a challenge day

   Help fund a resource rich website where all lesson plans & additional resources will be archived

  • Become a UK nationwide sponsor, helping state schools across the UK receive the programme 

   Donate using the Golden Giving gift aid donation button below. 

  • Nominate Engage with China as a charity to support when you purchase items through amazon. 
   See information below. This is at no cost to you, nor does it affect the cost or choice of goods you purchase.

Please email theresabooth@engagewithchina.org for more information about sponsorship

Please use our DONATION button below, using our web page on Peoples Fundraising (a secure charity donations collection platform). If you are able to offer GIFT aid, we would encourage you to do so by ticking the GIFT AID box on the page.

Click the nomination button below & select Engage with China as the charity to support. When purchasing use the link smile.amazon.co.uk to log in before searching to ensure Amazon make a donation of 0.5% of the purchase price of all items purchased. This will cost you nothing, the price & choice of goods purchased will not be altered. It is Amazon who are making the charitable donation. What's not to like? 

Management of the charity

In order to deliver the Programme into state schools for free a charity called 'Engage with China Limited was registered in August 2019. A list of our Trustees and Ambassadors, are set out in the document below. The founders and operational directors of Engage with China are also directors of Chopsticks Club.

Please note that there will be an at cost fee to pay for delivery of the programme into the Independent Schools sector and a nominal fee for the state school sector.