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Mar. 2021: Sharing Netspring Students' Joy of Learning whilst Preserving Our Planet and Our Health

As March brought the first days of Spring, our students returned to campus and started their new semester. Netspring Teams were also busy again with openings, schools’ revisits and preparing for new workshops and distance learning sessions. Last but not least, we invite you to join the AmCham Shanghai annual e-waste drive event on April 22, 2021 and contribute to the circular economy.
PwC Opened a new Green IT Classroom in Chengdu
In order to promote digital inclusion in underprivileged areas and communities, PwC launched the “PwC Green IT Classroom” project in 2015 and established two Green IT Classrooms in Nanchong, Sichuan. Together with Netspring, PwC helped to promote digital literacy and Internet access among underprivileged students, greatly bridging the digital divide.
In Mar. 2021, PwC decided to support a third Green IT Classroom in a Chengdu migrant school aiming to help 1200+ students gain access to Information and Communication Technologies. Facing the dilemma of limited educational resources and the accelerating popularization of IT, these migrant children are in urgent need of accessing computers. Thanks to PwC’s support, these students will be able to catch up with their peers in terms of educational opportunities. The school will make efficient use of the IT classroom, and students will also use it to participate in municipal-level IT exams in Chengdu.
Spread the Joy of Reading: Virtuos Launched a Book Corner for a Netspring Migrant School
After establishing their first Green IT Classroom in Chengdu and supported underprivileged students for quality education in 2019, on March 17th, 2021, Virtuos provided more than 1100 books to the same school, and greatly enriched the content of the school library.
As complementary learning media, both computers and books can bring students profound insights into society. Virtuos expressed their hopes that students can make good use of these books to learn new knowledge and eliminate the information gap.
"Caring for and supporting the development of education is what every citizen should do. The aspiration of loving to read and reading good books is embedded in every student’s heart and should become a good habit for everyone to develop."
_General Manager, Virtuos Chengdu
"We promise to carry out various reading activities. We will endeavor to build a more scholarly school and open our students’ world by encouraging them to read books. On behalf of the school, I heartily express our gratitude to all volunteers from Virtuos. Thank you for sowing the seeds of love into the hearts of students and assisting the well-rounded development of our students!"
_Teacher Representative, Chengdu Migrant School
The student representative has expressed the gratitude to Virtuos and Netspring team and emphasized students’ determination of reading more books. She states, “with gratitude, we will make full use of these books and draw knowledge and spiritual power from reading.”
Join the Upcoming Amcham Shanghai E-waste Drive, April 22nd, 2021
As the International Earth Day is approaching, join our e-waste drive with AmCham Shanghai, which provides a unique opportunity for organizations to sustainably contribute to protect our Planet on April 22, 2021. Netspring team will recycle the collections and refurbish the reusable items for schools and communities in need as digital tools, more than ever, are key to learning access.
Everyone is welcome to drop off obsolete computers and electronics on Thursday, April 22, 2021 between 9:30am - 4:00pm at the AmCham Shanghai Infinitus Tower Office (27F, Infinitus Tower, No.168 Hubin Road, Huangpu District)Participants can receive a certificate of appreciation on-site with their contributions. For more information and details, please kindly click HERE or write to for specific requirements.
Did You Know?   Without proper management, e-waste is toxic for human health!
E-waste contains many toxic materials, including mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium. When e-waste is improperly discarded, toxic metals and chemicals will leak into the environment and cause permanent problems. Meanwhile, the lowest-paid workers try to mine the precious metals from the hazardous waste to make a profit; however, continuous exposure to harmful metals can lead to damaging health problems. These toxins enter our body through inhalation, skin absorption, or ingestion. Humans, therefore, run the risk of brain, heart, liver, kidney, skeletal system, and even DNA damage. Also, these toxins can immensely affect the reproductive system and immune system, leading to disease and birth defects.
To avoid hazards caused by e-waste, it is always essential and inescapable to properly e-cycle, so that electronic items can be recycled, refurbished, resold, or reused. The mission needs the collaboration of the government, equipment manufactures, and society. A balance between the three sides needs to be found out.
Reference: Singh, N., Duan, H. & Tang, Y., 2020. Toxicity evaluation of E-waste plastics and potential repercussions for human health, Environment International, Volume 137

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