In 2012, The Arsenal Foundation pledged a donation of £300,000 to its official global charity partner, Save the Children, over three years, with the aim of improving the quality of education of at least 15,000 disadvantaged children aged six to 15 in some of Beijing’s most under-resourced schools.

The project was launched during last summer’s Asia Tour, when Abou Diaby and Johan Djourou visited one of the schools set to benefit from the partnership and delivered a collection of stories of childhood from Arsenal players, staff and supporters in China to inspire children to be the best they can be.

It’s incredible that the power of Arsenal can touch so many people in so many different ways.

Speaking about the visit Johan Djourou said: “This is the second visit I have made to a Save the Children project – the first time back home at Emirates Stadium and now in China. It’s incredible that the power of Arsenal can touch so many people in so many different ways. This project will make such a difference to these young children’s lives and it’s fantastic to be part of this. It’s been a humbling experience today.”

Since launching, the programme has successfully completed its first phase and is making real progress as it attempts to give more young people in the Chinese capital the chance to fulfil their potential. Together, Arsenal and Save the Children will train 200 teachers and 20 head teachers so that they have the necessary skills to plan and deliver improved and age-appropriate lessons for students in China’s curriculum. This will reduce the chances of children dropping out of school and the risk of being excluded from future opportunities in later life.

The first six months have seen a focus on setting up networks, providing training and putting systems in place to deliver the project, with some notable achievements already achieved.

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20 May 2013