Zippy's Friends in China
• Schools and kindergartens this year 985
• Children this year 33,145
• Total children since launch 224,012
Zippy's Friends is helping children in four major cities across China. In a culture where education has traditionally focused heavily on academic performance, the chance to promote children's emotional wellbeing is being welcomed by teachers and parents.
The first classes were in Hong Kong in 2004-05. The programme then spread to Shanghai in 2006 where it ran until 2014. It was launched in the capital, Beijing, in October 2008, followed by Tianjin in September 2012 and Xi'an in 2015. More than 330,000 children have been enrolled so far, and the numbers are growing every year.
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