Deloitte and Lingnan University enter into second phase of the Village Adoption Project in YunnanDOWNLOAD
Publish date: 17 March 2011
Deloitte Touche Tohmatu ("Deloitte") and the Office of Service-Learning of the Lingnan University ("Lingnan") today signed a memorandum of understanding for the second phase of their joint community program: "Citizen's Responsibility Education through Service-Learning: A Village Adoption Project in Yunnan, China 2011-2013".
The Project was the first Service-Learning project jointly organised by a tertiary institution and a private enterprise to focus on the development of China's villages. Adopting a sustainable development approach, this project aims at supporting the advancements in public education, health and economic development of a selected village in rural China, while conserving the special attributes of the local culture. This is an extension of the joint adoption project from 2007 to 2010 in Gezhangla village, the most populated village community managed by the Xi Ju La committee. Successful education and health education programs launched in Gezhangla Village will be replicated and elevated to a larger scale in the nearby Wanyaoshu community to create mutual support hubs and networks.
In the next three years, Deloitte and Lingnan will focus on developing and supporting the overall community in Wanyaoshu and its younger generations through extensive education and infrastructure programmes, such as rebuilding and renovating school premises, offering interactive learning programmes and scholarships, and constructing a road that creates better connection among the village communities.
A delegation of volunteers that comprise representatives from Deloitte, Lingnan, Yunnan Nationalities University and Hong Kong Christian Council will visit the village twice a year to support education and learning programmes. In addition, a 'train-the-trainer' program will be rolled out to educate knowledgeable, caring and responsible local health ambassadors to sustain education and awareness on both public and personal healthcare.
"Deloitte is glad to partner with the Lingnan University to roll out the second phase of this service-learning project, which aligns with the firm's focus on education and skills building for its corporate responsibility strategy. With the many positive and significant changes that we have brought in Gezhangla during the first phase, we look forward to seeing greater success in this project, especially with the plan of introducing microeconomic initiatives to provide alternative and sustainable income for the villagers," said Mr. Kester Yuen, Managing Partner of Deloitte Southern China.
"By participating in the Village Adoption Project in Yunnan, Lingnan students have the opportunity to realise their leadership potential as well as their personal strengths and aspirations. Guided by Lingnan's mission 'Education for Service', we hope our students do not only achieve academic excellence but also embrace the world through community service. With good team spirit, we believe delegates from Deloitte and Lingnan will make a difference in each other's lives while at the same time contribute to the rural development of Yunnan. I hope we will carry on with the spirit of the project for the benefit of more lives,” said Professor Chan Yuk-Shee, President of Lingnan University.
Together, Deloitte and Lingnan contributed significantly to the community development in Gezhangla village in the first phase of the project, including establishing and expanding a dormitory with canteen, offering subsidies and scholarship, developing heath database for each villager, appointing health ambassadors and building water pipes, sewage system and solar panels. Over 700 residents were expected to have benefited from the project.