The donation will be made to the Chinese charity China Children and Teenagers Fund (CCTF) in support of their Spring Bud Project, which assists disadvantaged children who do not have access to education. The new school, which is located in Tianshui, Gansu Province (immediately north of the Sichuan region), is scheduled to be opened by the end of August 2009. It will be named the Nord Anglia Spring Bud School and accommodate up to 180 children aged between seven and fourteen.
The funding will be targeted at the construction of the school and the fit out of seven classrooms. As sponsor, Nord Anglia will work closely with the CCTF throughout all stages of the project and is looking forward to developing a long term relationship with the staff and pupils.
Andrew Fitzmaurice, Chief Executive Officer at Nord Anglia Education, said:
'We are delighted to offer our full support to the CCTF and be part of the Spring Bud Project. Having operated international schools in China since 2002, and built strong relationships with the local communities, the construction of a new permanent school to help restart the education of local children affected by the earthquake is the best way for us to make a positive long term contribution.
We look forward to working with the CCTF, parents, children, teaching staff and the local community to ensure that the Nord Anglia Spring Bud School is a great success.'
Song Liying, the Secretary-General of CCTF, added:
'Nord Anglia's donation of RMB 500,000 for the construction of a permanent Spring Bud School in the Gansu Province, one of China's earthquake-stricken areas, will have a significant and positive impact on the local community. We are delighted that local children will be able to continue with their education at the new school and look forward to building a strong relationship with Nord Anglia.
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Nord Anglia for their support.'
30 June 2008
College Hill Associates
020 7457 2020
Nord Anglia Education PLC
Children and Teenagers Fund (CCTF)
CCTF, founded in 1981, was the first charitable fund of its type in China. It is committed to helping children from poor backgrounds develop their full physical, mental and social potential, helping them become self reliant people who contribute to their communities. In 1989 they launched their Spring Bud Project, which aims to assist children, predominantly girls, from poverty stricken regions, who do not have access to education.
When the project was launched there were 4.8 million children in China between the ages of 7 and 14, who did not attend school. 83 % of them were girls. Since that time CCTF has built more than 500 schools throughout the country to offer education to this group of children.
For further information: http://en.cctf.org.cn/
Nord Anglia Education PLC
Nord Anglia Education operates International Schools worldwide, focusing on the delivery of high quality British-style education to children and young people between the ages of two and eighteen. The Group also works in partnership with government departments, local education authorities, schools and other public sector organizations to deliver a wide range of education and training contracts both in the UK and overseas. For further information: www.nordanglia.com