Chatteris collaborates with local and multinational businesses, other NGOs, and inspiring individuals across Hong Kong to form a network of organisations all dedicated to offering students in Hong Kong the equal opportunities that they truly deserve.
If you are based in Hong Kong and want to give back to local students and schools, please see our programmes below or get in contact to discuss your ideas.
In Hong Kong, there is no targeted support or funding from the government to help less privileged students with their English. Almost 50% of students are not even able to apply to university because of their English exam results, and as always this unfairly affects students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
Our answer is ‘One for One, Adopt a School’. The model is simple: we enlist the support of supportive foundations, corporations, and individuals in Hong Kong on behalf of schools with a high proportion of less privileged students. Our fundraising allows these schools to deploy a partnership of two Chatteris Tutors to transform the learning environment at the school.
When we sat in on classes delivered by Chatteris Tutors, spoke with students through focus group discussions, and observed extra-curricular activities conducted by the tutors, it was evident that students enjoyed their interaction with the Chatteris Tutors as well as the activities they organised. The Principal and the local teachers we spoke with were very supportive of the project and told us that it has been very effective in improving the school’s overall English learning environment.”
I like to have the tutors at school because then I can talk with them and I think talking with them cheers me up and then I can make me less stressful. I think that having the tutors can help us improve, can help me improve my oral skills. I have been English Corner executive this year and I like to chat with them a lot [sic].”
Students in Hong Kong, especially those from less privileged backgrounds, often struggle to see the relevance of English in everyday life as they rarely have the opportunity to engage and interact in English outside of the classroom.
To address this, we established Chatteris Inspire. Chatteris Inspire is a programme of experiential learning opportunities which engages volunteers from the wider Hong Kong professional community to inspire, educate, and motivate our student beneficiaries, and take an active role in developing the next generation.
Invite a group of students to your offices to help develop their skills, their CVs, and encourage their professional development
Lead an Inspire guest talk at one of our schools in order to pass on your experience and expertise to the students
Facilitate an activity for our annual Reachout Summer Camps for which we take students around Hong Kong, developing their confidence, teamwork, and allow them to practise English in the real world
Our team of passionate, committed tutors are always eager to learn more and further their personal and professional development. If you have a skill or topic you feel you could pass on, please feel free to get in contact and we can look at setting up a session to influence the influencers.
As a registered charity, Chatteris needs your support to help us continue empowering students across Hong Kong with English language proficiency, allowing them to access new educational and professional opportunities. With your generous assistance, we can carry on offering life-changing programmes for students both inside and outside the classroom to stop English being a barrier in their everyday lives.
Please see below for examples of the work your donations contribute towards. All donations will be designated to our unrestricted English Development fund, unless a preference is otherwise expressed.
CAN PAY FOR A CULTURAL FUNFAIR EVENT HOSTED FOR STUDENTS IN A PARTNER SCHOOL
Allowing our tutors to design and deliver an interactive and engaging event with games, food, and prizes which introduces students to different world cultures whilst increasing their confidence and enjoyment of English through the activities.
CAN PAY FOR ONE LESS PRIVILEGED STUDENT TO ATTEND A CHATTERIS REACHOUT SUMMER CAMP FOR A WEEK
Providing opportunities for students to take part in a variety of fun and educational activities around Hong Kong, furthering their personal development and encouraging them to use English in all aspects of their lives.
CAN PAY FOR A CLASS OF 25 STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN AN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY
Creating occasions for students to use English in natural and realistic settings, leaving the pressures of school behind to focus on authentic language development across a range of real-life contexts.
Please bank to our HSBC account no. 500-662-564-001 and fax back the receipt to us at +852 2865 2815 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make cheque payable to “Chatteris Educational Foundation” and send to Chatteris Educational Foundation, Unit A, 13/F, Camel Paint Building Block 2, 62 Hoi Yuen Road, Kwun Tong