Introduction - Hong Kong Jockey Club Life-wide Learning Fund
The 'Basic Education Curriculum Guide - Building on Strengths' (CDC, 2002) recommends life-wide learning (LWL) as a strategy to enrich student learning through providing authentic experiences for whole person development. Such experiential learning enables students to achieve certain learning goals that are more difficult to attain through classroom learning alone.
The Jockey Club Life-wide Learning Fund (Fund) was set up in 2002 by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (The Hong Kong Jockey Club) and the Education Bureau (EDB) for five years with a donation of about HK$140 million from the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The Fund aims to support financially needy students to participate in LWL programmes in Hong Kong organised or recognised by schools. The actual amount to be allocated to each primary / secondary school was based on the number of Primary 4 - 6 or Secondary 1 - 3 students who were either eligible for full grant under the School Textbook Assistance Scheme or the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance. In addition, schools can use the allocated Fund to subsidise students who fulfilled the financially needy criteria established by schools to participate in LWL activities. Since September 2005, schools have been given more flexibility to help students with financial difficulties. The upper limit of the discretion of using the allocated Fund for “Other Needy Students” has been relaxed from 10% to 100%.
As the Fund was well received by schools, parents and students, the Hong Kong Jockey Club donated $260 million, enabling "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Life-wide Learning Fund" to be extended for five more years to 2012. The coverage of the Fund was also expanded in order to benefit needy students at all levels of primary and secondary schools. As the Fund had brought positive impacts on students, the Hong Kong Jockey Club agreed to inject a new donation of $240 million to extend the Fund from 2012/13 for three more years to 2014/15.
In view of the wide support from the community all these years, the Hong Kong Jockey Club agreed again to donate $278 million to launch the fourth phase of the Fund till 2017/18 as well as increase the subsidy rate for each eligible primary and secondary student.
The new phase of the Fund takes “Fit to Learn, Serve to Learn” as its theme and puts more emphasis on adopting a healthy lifestyle through physical activities as well as providing students with more opportunities for community service to nurture caring mind and relevant generic skills for life-long learning. To echo the theme, the EDB will launch a new Award Scheme to encourage schools to deploy resources appropriately to promote activities related to physical development and community service.
Up to the 2016/17 school year, the Hong Kong Jockey Club has donated in total more than $800 million. Over the past three school years, over 210 000 students have benefited on average.
Overview of the Fund
|Total allocation up to the 2016/17 school year||Over HK$800 million|
|Target||Hong Kong's Primary 1 to Secondary 6 students:
• receiving full grant under the School Textbook Assistance Scheme; OR
• receiving Comprehensive Social Security Assistance; OR
• meeting the school's established "financially needy" criteria
|Eligible activities||Local or non-local LWL activities organised or recognised by the school|