Over years of teaching in migrant schools and talking to teachers, parents and students, Stepping Stones staff and volunteers have been increasingly aware that migrant students lack after-school support for their English language learning, which is holding them back compared with other urban children. At the same time, Stepping Stones has been successful in attracting many young Chinese volunteers, who are ideal candidates for offering small group after-school tuition to migrant students. In the Autumn semester 2012, a pilot after-school tuition programme was launched in five community centres for migrants in Minhang, Qingpu and Hongkou districts, with students from Shanghai United International School and CYPA acting as tutors.
Stepping Stones plans to further develop and expand the programme in Spring 2013 according to feedback which will be gathered at the pilot programmes at the end of the Winter term.
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2019 in Numbers
English Students: 13,581
Digital Literacy Students: 721
English Teachers Trained: 74
Lessons Taught: 7,992
Students receiving spectacles since 2008: 4,048
Students receiving treatment for various eye conditions since 2008: 63
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