December 15, 2016.
Topic: 2016 Joe Biden Award for Credit Union Development Educator of the Year.
Teresa Tao , Chief Training Officer for Credit Unions of the China Association of Micro-finance was granted the Joe Biden Award for Development Educator of the year from Asia by a credit union Foundation in England on 19th November in London. The Award is named after the former Vice President of the US who advocated the Credit Union Development Education(DE) program with the purpose of expanding the credit union movement to improve the life of people. It is for the Development Programs in Africa, Asia, Australasia, the Caribbean and Europe The one who receives the award has to prove his/her unflagging stamina, selflessness, ability to motivate self and others as a DE.
Teresa was trained by the Asian Confederation of Credit Unions as a Development Educator and she was nominated for the Award by her mentor, Mr. Paul Dawson, General Manager of the First Choice Credit Union of Australia.
As Teresa was not present at the Award Ceremony in London, the Award signed by Lord Glasman of the House of Lords of England and the trophy were sent to her.
The Development Education Program was started by the Credit Union National Association in 1982 with the mission of “To communicate and promote the unique role credit unions in cooperative development and to assist in obtaining support for credit union programs worldwide.”
The Asian Confederation of Credit Unions, with the help of the Credit Union Foundation of Australia, started the Asian Credit Union Development Education Program in 1989. At that time credit unions were faced with the challenge of balancing its operation wherein at one hand is coping with the liberal financial market and on the other hand is keeping the cooperative values intact.
Since 1999,over 600 Development Educators graduated from the Asian DE workshops. They are from Australia, Bangladesh,Cambodia,Fiji,Hong Kong,Indonesia,Kenya,Korea. Malaysia, Mauritius,Nepal,New Zealand,Philippines,Sri Lanka, Singapore, Taiwan,Thailand,Myanmar,Timor Leste,USA,UK，China.
Teresa Tao is from the 19th batch of trained DEs. The 20th batch graduated just on the 12th of this month in Bangkok.