In 2010, ZeShan, together with Si Yuan Foundation and River Star Foundation provided support for Teach For China, formerly named China Education Initiative, an NGO which seeks to reduce educational inequity in China by engaging recent college graduates in the United States and China. Providing an alternate teacher sourcing channel for public schools in China, TFC has developed a teaching fellows program to meet the pressing need for teachers in understaffed low-income schools, while fostering a cross-cultural constituency of young leaders positioned to advance the cause of educational equity.
Forty teaching fellows are placed at schools in teams of four, with two Americans and two Chinese to each team – living and working side-by-side. They strategize about how to motivate and inﬂuence their students, cooperate with local school administrations, collaborate with local teachers, and work to improve their students’ educational prospects. To ensure the relevance of its approach, TFC works closely with government partners on program design and implementation.