Digital Literacy Program – Stepping Up

Stepping Up is a computer and life skills training Program established by Stepping Stones in 2016, inspired by Orphan Impact’s digital literacy program in Vietnam. Stepping Up helps rural Chinese children to be better prepared for their futures after leaving school. We do this by teaching digital literacy skills common to the modern workplace.

Our learning environment emphasizes interaction between student and teacher, and uses understanding by design framework, tying back to annual curriculum goals. While teaching important skills and concepts of digital literacy, the 40-minute classes are also designed to unleash creativity, encourage communication, develop critical thinking, and increase each student’s confidence, and help them look toward to their future with excitement.

Why teach Computer skills?

We can hardly live without the internet these days. Computer skills are important for everyone. We do not believe that by simply bringing computers and internet into migrant schools we will magically help each child to be successful. But we do believe that with the right balance of fun and challenge, mentoring, encouragement and discipline – as well as a carefully planned curriculum and properly trained teachers, we can begin to help the children develop many of the digital literacy skills they are currently missing to be better prepared for today’s fast moving and tech-focused society.


  • To provide computer/life skills lessons to disadvantaged communities
  • To improve disadvantaged students’ digital literacy skills, and increase their self-esteem, critical thinking and confidence
  • To optimize disadvantaged students’ access to a higher level of education and better work opportunities in the future


Disadvantaged communities in Shanghai and Zhejiang Province, including migrant and rural children and youth from kindergarten to vocational school age.

Benefits of volunteering for the Stepping Up project:

  • provides a unique opportunity to learn about a new style of teaching skills to children, involving critical thinking, problem solving, time management, collaboration and creativity;
  • provides an opportunity to engage closely with disadvantaged communities and make a real difference to children and youth development;
  • provides rich life and work experience.

Get involved!

Teaching digital literacy skills

Key Information: Volunteers are needed to teach or to assist our full-time computer teachers to deliver innovative computer- and life-skills training online or in classrooms in Zhejiang Province or Shanghai.

Time commitment:

  • 5-6 hours per week (including commute and preparation time)
  • A minimum of one school term (3-4 months) or 4-6 weeks during the summer
  • Weekday and weekend classes all available
  • Stepping Stones will cover transportation costs


  • Native Chinese-speaker with English fluency a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong interest in teaching computer- and life-skills to disadvantaged communities

Click here to sign up!

If you have any further questions regarding this, please feel free to contact Teddy Shi (