As well as projects in the local area, Arsenal is also committed to extending its charitable work internationally with the help of the Club’s global charity partner, Save the Children, one of the primary beneficiaries of The Arsenal Foundation.
Save the Children in China
In 2012 to coincide with the Club’s pre-season visit to Asia, The Arsenal Foundation pledged a donation of £300,000 to Save the Children over three years, to support an education project in China, committing to help improve the quality of education of disadvantaged children aged six to 15, in some of Beijing’s most under-resourced schools.
Together, Arsenal and Save the Children will train 200 teachers and 20 head teachers so that they have the skills to plan and deliver enjoyable and age-appropriate lessons for students in China’s curriculum. This will reduce the chances of more than 15,000 children dropping out of school and the risk of being excluded from future opportunities in later life – giving more young people the chance to fulfil their potential.
It’s incredible that the power of Arsenal can touch so many people in so many different waysJohan Djourou
As part of the Club’s Asia Tour, Abou Diaby and Johan Djourou delivered a book of stories of childhood from Arsenal players, staff and supporters to a Beijing school set to benefit from the programme to help inspire the children to be the best they can be.
Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation fighting for the rights of children worldwide. It has been implementing projects in China since the late 1980s and plays a crucial role in defending the rights of vulnerable children across the country through programmes in education, health, emergency response and child protection.
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.”
Pia Macrae, Country Programme Director for Save the Children in China added: “Education has the power to transform lives and provide many children with a route out of poverty. This exciting next phase in our partnership with Arsenal will help us reach thousands of children in China, providing them with quality education to build a brighter future and reach their full potential.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 21 Aug 2012