To help children succeed in today’s world, these education advocates from Asia’s Most Influential list are employing non-traditional methods while also prioritising relevant and meaningful skills. They champion experience learning and subjects such as programming, data analysis, design, and art. They are also shaping future leaders who are ready to pay it forward by instilling that learning is a right for all.
Jennifer Yu Cheng, Hong Kong
At the end of July, the Jennifer Yu Cheng Girls Impact Foundation will welcome a new batch of learners for its Summer Camp program. Yu Cheng established the foundation to give teenage girls a leg up in the world by unlocking their leadership potential, particularly through digital learning.
Its signature program, 10,000 Girls4Girls Coding+, teaches girls programming languages so they can pursue STEM careers and, with this knowledge, be inspired to train other girls in fundamental coding skills. Recently, its 13 Coding Explorer Program celebrated its first graduating class, whose members are now ready to become teaching assistants.
“I hope these young women will be equipped to pursue more diverse career options and empowered to lead and contribute to the future economy, to that talent pipeline for technological innovation and development for Hong Kong, Greater Bay, or even beyond,” Yu Cheng told Tatler.
Yu Cheng has been a longtime champion of education, having led Arch Education, which links students with top universities around the world, and also the K12 management company CTF Education Group.