WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Nov 27, 2013) - ePals Corporation (
The NeuPals launch in Shenyang was developed in cooperation with the city's Hunnan District Bureau of Education. Currently, six schools in the Hunnan District have signed three-year contracts with ePals/NeuPals to provide the products via monthly subscription. The agreements signed by the schools include approval for NeuPals to offer premium services, such as ePals Media digital children's content.
Approximately 50 percent of all classrooms in the Hunnan district are being paired with U.S. classrooms from across 20 states for online exchanges. The program, which represents an important source of revenue growth for the NeuPals joint venture, is intended to expand throughout the 2013-2014 school year and into fall 2014. Students, teachers and parents will be using the ePals safe, policy-managed platform to exchange emails, documents and live streaming video to share information about each other's cultures, including traditions, holidays, music, cuisine and everyday life.
China represents a rapidly expanding marketplace, where schools and parents have shown enthusiasm for purchasing digital services that increase their students' academic performance. The new product line allows NeuPals to immediately support the Chinese Ministry of Education's 2010-2020 Medium and Long-term National Educational Reform and Development Plan, a strategy to promote openness in the Chinese education system, elevate the level of internationalization and enhance global collaboration and communication. The ePals/NeuPals products are designed to directly support the 10-year initiative, aiming to impact more than 150 million Chinese students from primary through secondary levels.
"We are extremely excited about the launch of this innovative new product line for global learning in China," says ePals President and COO, Katya Andresen. "It is a significant accomplishment to be one of the first U.S. companies accepted into Chinese schools, and we are working closely with NeuPals to ensure as many students as possible in both China and the United States gain access to this offering."
Says NeuPals CEO, Charles Dou, "The Chinese Ministry of Education is dedicated to finding new ways of motivating students, empowering teachers and engaging parents. The ePals global platform, rich digital content and exploratory learning model is opening up a new world of possibilities for all of our learners and providing them with the broader world vision necessary to become successful global citizens."
Administrators, teachers and parents in Hunnan District schools are enthusiastic about the program. "The program increases students' and parents' exposure to international schools, classes and students, and allows them to share their education philosophy and ideas," says Lei Jun, the Headmaster of Hunnan Number 1 Middle School.
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