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Understanding Chinese Culture through Chinese Classic Sayings

Mr Ashley Leung

Principal Education Officer (Curriculum Development)

     The Education Bureau (EDB) has all along attached great importance to the learning of Chinese culture in the school curriculum. To instil in students positive values and a sense of national identity, the EDB is launching a campaign to promote Chinese classic sayings to enhance the understanding of students and the community of Chinese culture, as well as to encourage their appreciation of Chinese literature and exploration of the wisdom therein.

     Student learning has nowdays extended beyond the classroom. In this campaign, we connect literary classics to students' daily lives through a range of territory-wide publicity. These efforts include displaying Chinese classic sayings on bus exteriors, at bus shelters and MTR stations, organising student activities, and designing stationery and emoticons, so as to foster a conducive atmosphere for promoting Chinese culture in society.

     A working group comprising principals and teachers has selected 40 Chinese classic sayings most suitable to the learning needs of students at the primary and secondary levels. They cover six themes, namely Perseverance, Respect for Others, Honesty, Benevolence, Responsibility, and Diligence. Relevant resource materials were provided, such as notes of explanation and application of these Chinese classical sayings provided by scholars and teachers for primary and secondary students. Calligraphy version of the classic sayings with a brief analysis was also prepared and a self-learning platform will be developed and uploaded to the EDB webpage in phases. Sharing sessions among schools will be conducted. Parents are encouraged to enjoy the fun of learning Chinese classic sayings with their children.

     Let's cherish Chinese culture and put the underlying values and wisdom into action in our daily lives! Please visit our website for the latest development of the campaign (Chinese version only): https://www.edb.gov.hk/tc/curriculum-development/kla/chi-edu/chinese-culture/chi-culture-main.html

Note:
This is an English summary of the Insider's Perspective article entitled 多讀經典名句 認識中華文化 issued on July 30, 2020. For details, please refer to the Chinese version (https://www.edb.gov.hk/tc/about-edb/press/insiderperspective/insiderperspective20200730.html).









30 July 2020