Helping the young be ‘China aware’ – the British Council Generation UK project.

Date: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018
Time: 16.30-18.00
Venue: Dining Room A, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA

APPCG Chair Richard Graham MP was delighted to host last week an important British Council initiative to more than double the number of students who get a chance to spend time in China while at university to 80,000 by 2020.

Richard and Head of the British Council in China Carma Elliot were joined by British Council Chair Christopher Rodrigues, British Ambassador to China Dame Barbara Woodward and Schools Minister Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP and sponsors to launch the initiative.

Also there was Generation UK alumnus Gary Izunwa who spoke passionately about the benefits for him and others from spending time in China. ‘China is core curriculum now,’ he said, ‘not an optional extra’.

The APPCG agrees. So much of what happens in the world now is influenced by China, and so understanding better what drives China and young Chinese is increasingly important.

This British Council initiative costs British students nothing except their time and commitment. For many it’s a game changer and will shape their life chances. ‘MPs have the chance to highlight this opportunity to their secondary school pupils’ said Richard ‘and I believe it’s one we should seize’.