Today The Duke of York presented the British Empire Medal to Stepping Stones’ Founder Corinne Hua for services to education and disadvantaged children in China.
Stepping Stones is a Shanghai-based, non-profit organisation with a mission to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China. Stepping Stones’ work began in 2006, and the organisation currently has hundreds of volunteers teaching English to thousands of migrant children in Shanghai and left-behind children in rural China each week.
Later that day, HRH attended a Reception for Chevening Scholars at the Intercontinental Hotel, Shanghai where The Duke of York met with Chevening alumni from East China to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the UK government’s global awards programme. On behalf of alumni communities in China and around the world, alumni who had previously met with HRH during their time in the UK marked this special occasion by presenting a Chinese scroll reading “35 Years of Chevening” written in traditional Chinese calligraphy. The Chevening Scholarship is an international scholarship scheme enabling students with leadership qualities from 144 countries and territories to undertake postgraduate study or courses in universities in the United Kingdom. Since 1983, Chevening has supported over 50,000 of the brightest, most influential and promising scholars from across the globe, including over 4,000 people from all provinces across China.
That evening, The Duke of York attended a Dinner hosted by the British Consulate General for entrepreneurs at the Intercontinental Hotel.