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E D U C A T I O N
D I F F E R E N T L Y
一 个 关 于 不 同 教 育
模 式 的 故 事
F O U N D I N G S T O R Y & V I S I O N
成 立 故 事 & 远 景
Synergy Learning was founded in 2013 by James Lavender, as a China and education-focused social enterprise. It was the first project supported by IDEAS Globally group, an incubator empowering students to build social enterprises in emerging economies.
While studying at Peking University in China in 2013, James wanted to to create a longer-term educational solution for those permanently affected by the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake. He worked closely with local government, schools and students in Sichuan province, to negotiate funding for a scholarship to support a student affected by the disaster.
Inspired by what was achieved, James conceived of a broader educational project designed to link English and Chinese students to communicate better; this would have both physical resource sharing and technology at its heart, to create a true, long term educational bridge. A huge number of exceptional volunteers joined the team, passionate about changing the way education could be shared and making this a reality. Our success is the result of this outstanding team.
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P R O V I N C E – F O C U S E D S T R A T E G Y
Synergy Learning has developed and cultivated strong partnerships across five major provinces in China, with additional work undergoing in a further six. However, the main focus of our current work is in Sichuan province, where we have a number of excellent, now long-standing school collaborations.