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“‘My Pledge to Act’ – Let’s do it!” School-based Award Scheme



The EDB released the Values Education Curriculum Framework (Pilot Version) in November 2021. “Diligence” has been as the tenth priority value and attitude in response to students’ development and societal changes to foster students’ whole-person development. Our traditional culture has always attached great importance to the virtue of diligence, many schools in Hong Kong adopt the virtue of diligence as their school motto, which emphasise not only promoting students’ diligence but also putting it into action and fulfilment of responsibilities. As such, nurturing the virtue of diligence in students is one of the important goals of values education.

To support schools in promoting diligence, the EDB invites schools to launch the “‘My Pledge to Act’: Let’s Do It!” School-based Award Scheme in this academic year by tapping relevant learning and teaching resources, to foster students’ diligence and promote their positive attitude of appreciating the working class for their contribution to our society. Please refer to EDBCM No. 32/2022  for details.

Schools may integrate the theme of “My Pledge to Act - Be grateful and treasure what we have, stay positive and optimistic” (Please refer to EDBCM No. 85/2021 for the details of “My Pledge to Act - Be grateful and treasure what we have, stay positive and optimistic”) and the theme of Labour Day paying tribute to the working class who have contributed to society (especially those people from all walks of life who have continuously contribute in fighting against the epidemic), schools may launch the “‘My Pledge to Act’: Let’s Do It!” School-based Award Scheme by organising school-based learning activities for cultivating the virtue of diligence during and after the special holiday in March and April this year. Prior to Labour Day, schools are also recommended to make good use of various platforms, to explain to students the origin and meaning of Labour Day through online or offline mode (Please refer to EDBCM No. 32/2022 for details).

Schools are recommended to make good use of the “‘My Pledge to Act’: Let’s Do It!” Handbook and encourage students to record the content and reflection of their action and services in the log. For instance, students can be encouraged to do housework, tidy up their rooms and do exercise during the special holiday and home learning period. After the resumption of whole-day face-to-face classes, they can be arranged to participate in school services, such as campus cleaning and decoration, library services, gardening, collection and distribution of homework as well as other online and offline service learning activities, to nurture in them the virtues of diligence and responsibilities for their families , schools and society, through putting it into action in their daily lives. Schools may also commend those students who actively participate and have excellent performance with the “‘My Pledge to Act’: Let’s Do It!” School-based Award Scheme Certificates by downloading them from the EDB website. Related resources can be downloaded from the following links.

The EDB has developed a series of learning and teaching resources to support schools in promoting the virtue of diligence, please refer to the following links for details.

題目

類別

連結

自己動手執書包(小學)

Life Event Example

Download

我會照顧自己的起居(小學)

Life Event Example

Download

幫助做家務(小學)

Life Event Example

Download

《致知達德:小學中華傳統美德語文學習軟件》

Website

Link

中國歷史人物小故事(小學)

Short Video

Link

傑出運動員(小學)

Life Event Example

Download

我欣賞的服務人員(小學)

Life Event Example

Download

《小學中國語文校本課程及學習單元設計示例》單元「學趣無窮」(示例十)(小學)

Teaching Plan

Link

Learning and Teaching Materials on Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom (SOW) (小學)

Teacher Resource Bank

Link

中華經典名句(中學及小學)

Short Video

Link

首要培育的價值觀和態度海報──勤勞(中學及小學)

Posters

(to be distributed to all secondary and primary schools)

Download

體能活動日誌(中學及小學)

Log Book

Download

中華經典名句網上自學平台(中學及小學)

Self-learning Platform

Link

勤勞創造的幸福(中學及小學)

Life Event Example

Download

「談『美德』.論『價值』德育教材手冊」網站(中學及小學)

Theme-based Resources Website

Link

我幫助了有需要的人(中學)

Life Event Example

Download

我獨自在家裡(中學)

Life Event Example

Download

我養成了好習慣(中學)

Life Event Example

Download

My Effective Time Management(我的時間管理)(中學)

Life Event Example

Download

《郁文華章──中華文化學與教資源套》(中學篇)「為學」單元設計(中學)

Teaching Plan

Download

e-Resource Kit on Inspirational Speeches(中學)

Teacher Resource Bank

Link

Learning and Teaching Materials on Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom (SOW) (中學)

Teacher Resource Bank

Link

Remarks: Teachers may flexibly adapt the above learning and teaching resources taking into consideration the school vision, school development priorities, students’ developmental and learning needs, etc., and may also recommend them to parents and students for browsing and reading.


We also recommend schools to provide students with comprehensive learning experiences by holistically planning various learning activities with the integration of online and offline learning, learning of different subjects, service learning and the creation of a positive campus atmosphere, in order to cultivate students’ positive values and attitudes and put them into action. Please refer to the following examples and links for cultivation of diligence through different subjects and life-wide learning activities.


Learning Activities of Different Subjects (Examples) 【Schools may switch the activities to online mode subject to the situation】

Subjects

Content

Links

中國語文科

學校可在校園張貼與勤勞主題相關的「中華經典名句」,營造氛圍,讓學生通過吸收傳統經典智慧,培養勤勞的美德,並鼓勵他們身體力行,在家分擔家務,並為學校和社會服務。

連結

 課外閱讀方面,初小學生可通過閱讀《好忙的蜘蛛》,明白「蜘蛛」由早到晚辛勤、專注地織網,不受周遭的引誘,最後達成目標,享受付出努力後所得的快樂。中學生可閱讀《孔子的生活智慧》、《活在當下》、《野地果》、《影響世界的中國人》等,從中認識和學習勤勞的美德。(各學習階段之參考書籍目錄可參閱右列二維碼)

初小
高小
初中
高中

Mathematics

Primary schools are encouraged to conduct reading activities in Mathematics. For example, schools may encourage students to read stories of mathematicians, and make self-reflection through activities such as doing book reports, making comic strips or producing short video clips. Through these activities, students will be motivated to nurture their diligence and perseverance in learning when they have a deeper understanding of how mathematicians unfailingly studied and handled challenging problems in mathematics.

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Physical Education

Schools may encourage students to use the Physical Activity Logbook to record their daily physical activity level, thereby developing a habit of doing exercise regularly. Through exercising and sweating, students can train their willpower, as well as nurture positive values and attitudes such as diligence and perseverance. (Please refer to the QR code on the right to download the electronic version of the Physical Activity Logbook)

Link

 

Arts Education

Key Learning Area

Music

Teachers share the stories of musicians, sing Chinese folk songs and create music with students, for example:

  • Many musicians were diligent and resilient, e.g. the striving life of Xian Xinghai who has made significant contributions to Chinese modern music such as writing the widely-popular “Yellow River Cantata”; J.S. Bach made the gruelling journey of a few hundred kilometres on foot to attend the organ recital of Buxtehude and to learn from him.
  • There are many Chinese folk songs depicting the diligent lives of the people, e.g. “採茶燈” and “川江船夫號子”. These songs reflect positive, optimistic and perseverance attitudes towards life.
  • Students create short phrases with lyrics by using the musical elements of the abovementioned folk songs and the theme – diligence, and perform in groups.

 

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 Visual Arts

  • In Visual Arts, teachers guide students to engage in exploring and experimenting with media and materials, such as pottery, printmaking, ink painting for art-making, and enjoy the pleasure and satisfaction of being diligent.
  • Senior secondary students build visual arts portfolios through continued observation, study, reflection, appreciation of artwork, as well as relentless experimentation with media, materials, skills, techniques and images, thus developing diligence and perseverance in taking action to materialise ideas into artworks for expressing messages.

 

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Science Education
Key Learning Area

Biology

By arranging students to watch the documentary "Soybean Homecoming" in the series "The Research Journey of Scientists – Accomplishment and Perseverance", students can understand that Professor LAM Hon-ming of the School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, has devoted himself to improving the agricultural technology on marginal lands in China by combining innovative technology and traditional wisdom. Through genomic analysis and cross-breeding, he and his research team have dedicated themselves to formulating new strategies to improve in soybean cultivation under adverse environmental conditions, such as aridity and high salinity.

Chinese Version
English Version

Chemistry

By arranging students to watch the documentary "The BRIGHT Future of Scientific Research" in the series "The Research Journey of Scientists – Accomplishment and Perseverance", students can understand that Professor YAM Wing-wah Vivian of the Department of Chemistry, the University of Hong Kong, has dedicated herself to exploring new functional molecular materials, with her passion to scientific research, innovative mind and truth-seeking spirit regardless of difficulties and failures. Her achievements have been well recognised by the scientific community and she has made remarkable contributions to the development of OLEDs.

Chinese Version
English Version

Physics 

  • By arranging students to watch the documentary "A New Dimension of Communication" in the series "The Research Journey of Scientists Accomplishment and Perseverance", students can understand how scientists transform theories into daily applications to contribute to the country and the world with their endeavour and perseverance. 

Chinese Version
English Version

 

Life-wide Learning Activities (Examples) 【Some activities can be conducted in onsite or online mode, if applicable】

Activities

Content

Service Learning

  • Schools may arrange students to participate in various service learning activities, such as serving as on-duty students, prefects, monitors, as well as participating in uniformed teams, flag selling activities, volunteer services, etc., to nurture in them the virtue of diligence and pleasure in engaging in physical work. Through ongoing participation, planning and implementation of the activities, a harmonious, safe and orderly learning environment is established for students to contribute to society. Their sense of belonging and identity to school and society, and commitment are also enhanced.
  • Schools may also engage students in service learning activities related to sports, such as serving as helpers or sports leaders in the swimming gala and on sports day, so that students can provide assistance to schools in promoting sports activities.

Mainland

Study Tours

In line with the Citizenship and Social Development curriculum, schools may arrange Mainland study tours complemented with appropriate learning and teaching activities, for example, visiting museums and successful enterprises to enable students to understand that the country’s socio-economic achievements are created by the diligent efforts of the people. Students should also be encouraged to contribute to society through putting this value into practice.

Music Activities

  • Schools may encourage students to attend concerts organised by different arts organisations, and to write reflective reports, thus developing their habit of music appreciation. Students will understand that the performers pursue excellence through persistent and intensive practices.
  •  Schools may also offer music learning activities, such as instrumental and choral performances, to cultivate the quality of persistence by continued practices, to raise the standards of performing and choral singing skills, and to develop positive values and attitudes of perseverance and diligence
    Visual Arts Activities

    Schools may arrange students to visit masters of traditional crafts, such as paper craft, dough doll and wood craft, to learn about the history and artistic values of traditional crafts. Through direct interaction with the masters, students learn to appreciate the masters’ exquisite craftsmanship, as well as to understand the process, and positive attitudes of consistent hard work, dedication and striving for excellence. This nurtures in students the attitude to cherish the traditional crafts and respect the masters.