Marriott pledges RMB13m to Yao Foundation for education in rural China

Marriott International and Yao Foundation, a charity organisation established by former basketball star Yao Ming, have signed a new co-operation agreement focused on fostering children’s education in rural China. According to this three-year agreement effective January 2016,  Marriott International will offer an additional commitment of RMB8 million to establish four new Hope Schools, provide supporting resources and organise three basketball seasons for all the Hope Schools established by Yao Foundation.

GRAB THE ESSENTIALS

1: The two parties have been working together since 2013 to support rural education in China.

2: Since Yao Foundation was established, more than 10,000 Chinese rural youth have benefited from studying in the 18 Hope Primary Schools and one special education school it has funded.

3: The first project, the Lu Zhou Marriott – Yao Foundation Hope Primary School in Sichuan Province, has already been completed and is in use. Funding by Marriott International was also used to build a new earthquake-resistant five-storey teaching building for the school.

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1: Read the original story here.

2: Follow Marriot Hotels on Twitter.

3: Learn about Yao Ming’s work to change attitudes to ivory and rhino horn in China.

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Jeremy Smith
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Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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