Twopresents and CDNIS: Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders

A key part of our mission is educating Hong Kong’s youth about social issues in our community. We have been fortunate to be able to do just that by teaming up with the Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS). This was the second time Twopresents has been able to offer the school’s Grade 5 cohort a real-life case study to enrich their curriculum.

We worked with Grade 5 teachers to implement team-based learning over a number of weeks. Students were put into groups and assigned to work on one of our 38 charity partners. Each team’s goal was to learn all about their designated charity and understand Twopresents’ role in reducing gift waste and channeling funds to their cause. The teams learned that hosts could use the Twopresents platform to plan a party and instead of bringing gifts, guests could contribute online to a fund. From this fund the host could buy one big gift and donate the rest to their chosen charity. Once they understood the concept, the team’s main task was to come up with educational resources that hosts could use at parties in order to inform guests about the charity that was being supported.

Students spent time researching their assigned charity with the aim of spreading awareness about the cause. They created a variety of materials including, e-invitations and thank you cards for the party and games and bookmarks for giveaways – all under the theme of their specific charity. Throughout the process, students were required to meet with Twopresents representatives (“clients”) to present ideas and obtain feedback. This hands-on case study taught the students about teamwork, research skills, communication, target audience-messaging, quality control, working to deadlines and adapting to “client” needs. With these learnings, students were able to produce materials that were attractive and informative. But perhaps most importantly, they were able to gain in-depth knowledge about the problems our communities face in the areas of education, healthcare, poverty, animal rights, the environment and social inclusion.

At the end of the project, the best products were featured on the Twopresents website and shared with the charities. Party hosts can now use them to further educate guests about the work of our charity partners at upcoming celebrations. Working with CDNIS Grade 5 students and teachers has been a most rewarding experience. These children are well on their way to becoming the informed and empathetic leaders our world needs in the future. To view the final student products and use them at your next Twopresents celebration, please click here.


Student Quotes:

We decided to help Twopresents and CNCF because we wanted to interact with the community more and create a successful organization. We also wanted to try to be more organized to take action more effectively. We are trying to help Twopresents, CNCF and people who live in poverty.” -CDNIS G5, Christina Noble Children’s Foundation Team

“(Our team) started creating strategies for working more efficiently. We started to divide ourselves for different jobs and took shifts for different times. We also promised to concentrate and work hard for when we were creating our products. By managing our time wisely, we completed our projects in time.” – CDNIS G5, Bring Me a Book Team

“In our small organization, we all have different roles and jobs and are in charge of different things. We also have to collaborate and work together to create a good team or a good organization.” – CDNIS G5, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Team

Author: Twopresents

Twopresents is an online party invitation and fundraising platform. Send your invitations through the Twopresents website and let your guests know that instead of bringing gifts they have the option to contribute towards your gift/charity fund. One portion of the collected amount gets donated to your favourite charity and the other goes to you to buy a BIG present! It's an easy way to make a difference. To share your celebration, visit to get started.

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