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VIPKID in the park won the “2020 World Reform Thought Award” and became the only Chinese Company on the list

 

Recently, the world-renowned business magazine “Fast Company” announced the list of “World Changing Ideas Awards” in 2020, with a total of 51 projects winning awards. Among them, VIPKID became the only Chinese company on the list this year with its Rural Public Welfare English Class project. 

The World Change Idea award of “Fast Company” was established in 2017 to recognize innovative products, companies and policies that are dedicated to the benefit of society and the planet. Among them, the selection criteria for educational projects is that a company or plan which promotes educational equity. 

It is said that since March 2017, online education company VIPKID has jointly launched the “VIPKID Rural Public Welfare English Class” project with the Ma Yun Rural Public Welfare Foundation, Shanghai True Love Dream Public Welfare Foundation, Beijing Lide Future Student Public Welfare Foundation and other public welfare organizations. As of the end of 2019, the project has covered 30 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government. It has provided free online English courses to 1,000 rural schools, benefiting more than 50,000 children. 

The person in charge of VIPKID public welfare revealed that in the past three years, they had provided more than 28,000 foreign teaching courses for rural schools, with a total of about 12,000 hours of teaching and more than 500 sets of original courseware. At the same time, in order to meet the needs of ethnic minority children, Lingobus, the Chinese project of VIPKID also provided Mandarin online courses for rural schools in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture and other regions in Sichuan. 

This year, the VIPKID Rural Public Welfare English Program will continue to fund rural primary schools across the country and increase investment in key impoverished counties.