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Adream

Charity Overview

Funds from ICAP Charity Day 2012 have enabled Shanghai Adream Charity Foundation to help build five new Adream learning centres in underserved semi-rural and rural Chinese provinces; benefiting over 6,000 students. The Charity is striving to encourage children to think “outside of the box” whilst developing strong yet flexible life skills.

Project Summary

Adream Centres are brightly decorated education hubs that are built to scale for their young participants. They contain multimedia classrooms and are equipped with books, coloured movable tables and chairs, networked computers, projectors and LSC screens. The designs are contemporary and create a vibrant learning environment.

We are immensely grateful to CFETS-ICAP for funding Adream programs, including Adream Center, Adream Teacher Incentive Plan, Adream Salon and Adream Staff Incentive Plan and Administrative costs. Thanks again for supporting us and walking with us. We will do our best to improve the quality-oriented education in China and for a confident, poised and dignified future.
Mrs. Shirley Pan, Chairperson and Co-founder of Shanghai Adream Charity Foundation

Adream Courses were set up by the charity to help marginalized Chinese children increase their self-awareness and explore the broader world through unique and interactive learning experiences. Most education in China is traditional rote-learning (memorization by repetition), but the Adream Foundation has gained permission from the authorities to teach in this “non-traditional” learning style. This approach is radically different, and is a lot of fun for the children and for the teachers. With this in mind, a small portion of ICAP’s donation has been earmarked for teacher training.

Guests from The London Business School visited Adream Center in Shenzhen this spring and attended a typical Adream session called “Auction”.

“Six teams of children (aged 10) were created to compete in manufacturing water-carrying vessels. Each team was given 500 units of currency. The instructor auctioned off pieces of equipment for making these vessels – i.e. paper, scissors, tape, and so forth – to the highest bidders. The groups were also allowed to trade among themselves to get hold of the equipment they needed. The teams then set about constructing the largest vessel they could – measured in cubic centimetres – using their equipment and any additional supplies they could buy or rent from competitors. After 10 minutes the construction was completed, and prizes were awarded – 500 units to the team with the largest vessel, 400 units to the second largest, and so on. Each team then totalled up how much they had spent, how much they had won in the construction competition, and the winner was announced. Lots of cheering, clapping and high-fiving ensued!” Professor Julian Birkinshaw

Shanghai Adream Charity Foundation has 799 centre’s dotted throughout China, and has touched the lives of more than 850,000 children.