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 School Textbook Assistance Scheme or the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA). 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 discretionary upper limit 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 has also been expanded in order to benefit needy students at all levels of primary and secondary schools. As the Fund has brought positive impact on students, the Hong Kong Jockey Club has agreed to make a new donation of $240 million to extend the Fund from 2012/13 for three more years to 2014/15.
In June 2015, the Hong Kong Jockey Club has again agreed to extend the Fund. The new arrangements of the Fund will be announced in the Fund Launch Ceremony cum Seminar Session to be held around November 2015.
In recent years, more than 900 schools have accepted the Fund to promote LWL activities each year, with almost 90% of primary and secondary schools joining the scheme. On average, there are around 200,000 eligible students receiving assistance under the funding scheme annually.
Overview of the Fund
|Recent Annual Allocation in Total||Around HK$60 million|
|Target||Hong Kong's Primary 1 to Secondary 6 students:
• receiving full grant under School Textbook Assistance Scheme (full grant); 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.|