There is a group of Business School students who have come together to establish a foundation that builds schools in the poorest regions of China. The Inspiring Sunshine Foundation’s (ISSF) goal is to build 101 schools by its tenth year and to educate and equip these children – to help them break out of the poverty cycle. Since the initiative began seven years ago, 61 schools have been built.
Four of them, which were fully or partially funded by alumni donations, bear NUS’s name:
- Hunan Province Shuangfeng County NUS Hanpo Hope Primary School
- Jiangxi Province Suichuan County NUS Shatian Hope Primary School
- Sichuan Province Puge County NUS Sunshine Hope Primary School
- Chongqing Municipal Changning County NUS Qingshan Hope Primary School
ISSF started with a simple spark. While at Business School, Chen Jianguang (EMBA APEX-C 16) remembers a professor remarking that the budget for education in Singapore is second only to its budget for its national defence. This left a deep impression on him, that that was the difference between China and Singapore.
It made him think about the uneven distribution of resources in China, especially to the poorer areas, and towards education – that thus, the children from the poorer areas are unable to break out of the poverty cycle and change their fates.