Posts Tagged ‘schools’

Education for All

Education for All

Anuj Gurung was born in Hong Kong, so he should have gone to school when he was 6, but he just started this year at the age of 7. This is because he is the son of an asylum-seeker, thus his family had to navigate a maze of red tape to get him to school. NGOs estimate that there are around 500 such children in Hong Kong who would be in the same predicament.

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Start Early, Eat Smart

Start Early, Eat Smart

Childhood obesity is a serious problem in Hong Kong, and it’s getting worse. Meet the schools and healthy food advocates trying to stem the tide, as well as one parent who took a part-time job just so she can cook for her kids.

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Shall We Play?

Shall We Play?

Children in Hong Kong have to juggle tests, homework, extra-curricular activities…and now some schools have forbidden running and jumping during recess. What happens to children when they don’t get enough time for free play?

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Swipe to Learn

Swipe to Learn

The Hong Kong government and some schools are optimistic about e-textbooks being the way of the future. But that’s not going so well. Why?

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Teachers on the Edge

Teachers on the Edge

Contract teachers in Hong Kong’s schools do much the same jobs as permanent teachers and are usually paid far less. They are also often given one-year contracts, which leads to a lack of job security. Varsity learns more.

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The New Alumni Movement

The New Alumni Movement

Over the summer, groups of younger alumni from some of Hong Kong’s top schools launched high-profile, and successful, campaigns to prevent their alma maters from joining the Direct Subsidy Scheme. Add these to the many alumni concern groups that formed to oppose the government’s proposal to mandate compulsory national education last year – and it seems we are witnessing the emergence of a new alumni movement. And as Varsity discovers, these groups are very different to traditional alumni associations.

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