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My Pledge to Act - Be grateful and treasure what we have, stay positive and optimistic (2019-2020)

 

 

 

 

  1. Preface

    Background

     

    Since 2003, the Education Bureau (EDB) has been organising and developing the theme for ‘My Pledge to Act’ in every school year. Schools are encouraged to create campus atmosphere through collective commitment and a series of related learning activities, helping student to develop healthy lifestyle and nurture good character so as to enhance their whole-person development. 

     

    Theme of the 2019/20 -2020/21 School Year

     

    The theme of ‘My Pledge to Act’ is "Be Grateful and Treasure What We Have, Stay Positive and Optimistic". Schools are encouraged to help students develop a sense of gratitude, learn to cherish the things they have; adapt a positive and optimistic attitude towards life, in order to help them face the challenges and difficulties of growing up.

     

     

    Rationale and Strategies of Implementation

     

    ‘My pledge to Act’ aims to empower students to set goals and put them into action. It enables students to integrate subject knowledge acquired, positive values and attitudes and the personal pledges with practical actions so as to help them develop a healthy lifestyle; and also rally concerted efforts of schools, families and other stakeholders in the society to arouse public awareness of importance of cultivating students’ positive values and attitudes.

    Schools are encouraged to formulate a systematic and holistic plan for ‘My Pledge to Act’. Measures relevant to the theme of the school year may be incorporated into the annual school plan, or the school development plan of the coming 2-3 school years. Appropriate school-based curriculum and learning activities may be designed for in accordance with the school’s characteristics and students’ needs.

    Diversified learning activities in line with learning objectives can enhance students’ participation and learning effectiveness. For example, make use of Moral and Civic Education lessons, weekly assemblies, class teacher periods, Personal Growth Education lessons, or Life Education lessons, conduct subject-based, co-curricular learning activities, for whole-school participation, hence creating a learning environment conducive to nurturing relevant values for students.

    Schools may conduct a variety of life-wide learning activities according to the interests and needs of their students, such as student award programme, growth camp, community service, creative competition, etc., in order to help students fulfil their pledge and enhance the impact on learning.

     

     

    Resources and Support

     

    Schools are encouraged to continue to organise ‘My Pledge to Act’, the EDB produced resource webpages with diverse reference materials, including learning and teaching resources, student handbook, activity suggestions, e-poster and electronic certificate of appreciation templates for the schools to download. Four characters of mascot (樂諾小太陽) have been designed to represent the positive values of "be grateful", "treasure what we have", "stay positive" and "stay optimistic". Related resources and various templates such as stickers and instant messaging stickers are available for schools to download.

    Since 2019/20, to promote the implementation of school-based curriculum and learning activities related to the theme of "Be grateful and treasure what we have, stay positive and optmistic", publicly-funded secondary and primary schools and kindergartens in the kindergarten Education Scheme can submit  Quality Education Fund (QEF) applications for funding of not exceeding $200,000 . The Funding Programme is open for application and the application deadline is 31 August 2020 (Sunday). For details, please refer to the QEF website (www.qef.org.hk > Application Guide > “Be grateful and treasure what we have, stay positive and optimistic” (2020) Funding Programme).

    Schools may flexibly use the existing subsidies, including the "Operating Expenses Block Grant / Expanded Operating Expenses Block Grant" and "Life-wide Learning Grant" (Education Bureau Circular Memorandum No. 16/2019), in the implementation of school-based curriculum and conducting various learning activities under the theme of ‘My Pledge to Act’ to enrich students’ learning  experiences.

    In addition, the EDB will organise “seminar on how to implement ‘My Pledge to Act’ ” and "sharing session on the learning outcome of My Pledge to Act (2019)" in June 2021. Schools will be invited to share their experiences gained. The EDB also organises a series of professional development programmes, in the forms of talks and workshops, to enhance teachers’ knowledge and skills related to the learning activities.

     

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  2. Recommended Implementation


    Theme

     

     Be grateful and treasure what we have, stay positive and optimistic.

     

    Key Messages

     

    • To help students develop a sense of gratitude, learn to cherish the things they have.
    • To help students adopt a positive and optimistic attitude towards life, in order to help them face the challenges and difficulties of growing up.
    • To help students to set up goals and take action.

     

    Mode

     

    • There is no restricted mode.
    • ‘My Pledge to Act’ is a programme designed for all students of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools to set up their goals, and put them into action, so as to help students develop positive values and attitudes.
    • Schools may base on the theme, school development and students’ needs, to formulate a systematic and holistic plan, in designing school-based curriculum and arrays of learning activities for whole-school participation so as to reinforce related values. Schools may also conduct a variety of life-wide learning activities, such as student award programme, growth camp, community service, etc., in order to help students fulfil their pledge and enhance the impact on learning.

      

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  3. Support Resources

     

    The following learning and teaching resources and activity recommendations are for schools’ reference only. Schools may design school-based teaching materials according to their students’ needs for activity implementation related to ‘Be grateful and treasure what we have, stay positive and optimistic’.

     

    Learning and Teaching Resources

     

     

    Examples of Key Learning Areas/ Subjects related topics

     

    Activity Recommendations

     

     

     

    Promotional Resources

     

    Online Resources

     Four characters of mascot (樂諾小太陽) have been designed by the EDB to represent the positive values of “be grateful", "treasure what we have", "stay positive" and "stay optimistic". Schools can download the mascot related resources to facilitate activity implementation.

     

     

     Distribution of resource materials

     

    • To encourage students to make their theme-related pledges, we will provide “Be grateful and treasure what we have, stay positive and optimistic” writing board (please see the picture below) for My Pledge to Act participating schools. Students can put down their pledges on the boards and display them in conspicuous places on campus or at home to create an atmosphere conducive to positive education. Students are invited to take photos of their pledges on the writing boards and join “My Pledge to Act” 2020 Activity Series 3: ‘I can do it’ -- sharing of students’ pledges.
    • Besides, we will provide photo props (please see the picture below for reference) for My Pledge to Act participating schools. Schools may make use of these props in related learning activities to provide students with interesting and interactive learning experiences to cultivate positive values among them.
    • Schools interested in implementing MPA in the 2020/21 school year and obtaining the related promotional resources, please complete the following Reply Slip and return it to the Moral, Civic and National Education Section, Curriculum Development Institute, EDB by fax (fax number: 3426 9265) on or before 28 August 2020 (Friday).
    • Reply Slip 

     Remarks: Schools are welcome to utilise the "mascot" (樂諾小太陽) for printing school-based ‘My Pledge to Act’ activity resources after seeking copyright permission from the EDB by email (mcne@edb.gov.hk) .

     

    Promotional materials for loan

    • 「樂諾小太陽」Promotional Materials

    The EDB has produced 「樂諾小太陽」promotional materials, including theme props and encouraging quotes (Chinese version only).  These promotional materials are now available for loan by schools for organising theme-related activities. Interested schools may download the application form (Chinese version only), and fax or email the completed form to the EDB.

     

     

     

     ‘My Pledge to Act’ (2019-2020) Official Facebook Page

      
    The EDB launched the "My Pledge to Act" Official Facebook page (Chinese version only) in November to provide the latest information on the scheme  as well as a platform for schools to share their experience gained in implementing activities related to the ‘My Pledge to Act’ (2019-2020). 

                  

    Examples of Home-School Co-operation Activities

     

    Parent-child talk 

     

      • Schools hold parent-child talks to encourage parents to collaborate with schools to nurture positive values and attitudes including "be grateful", "treasure what we have", "stay positive" and "stay optimistic" in children as well as create a harmonious family, that children can appreciate, accept and cherish each other, to let them grow healthily.


        Parent-child voluntary activities

      • To encourage parents and children to participate in voluntary activities organised by the schools/ the community, such as visiting elderly centers and centers for disabled people, taking part in charity sales, serving others with appreciation in a proactive manner, in order to care for people in need.

        Parent-child reading activities
      • Schools organise reading activities related to "be grateful", "treasure what we have", "stay positive" and "stay optimistic", for example, reading and sharing sessions for parent-child, book recommendations, creative writing, etc., to promote moral education.

        'My Pledge to Act'  Activity

        “My Pledge to Act” activity series: (1) short videos on schools’ experience in promoting reflections on the COVID-19 outbreak

         

        Kindergartens, primary and secondary schools are invited to produce short videos to share their practical experience in the implementation of MPA. In particular, schools may share how to draw on the COVID-19 outbreak, a significant life event, to prompt student discussion and reflections, and instill in students the positive values associated with the theme “Be Grateful and Treasure What We Have, Stay Positive and Optimistic”

        Activity details

        Submission:

          • Entries must be submitted by schools and each school may submit up to 3 entries.
            • Participating schools are required to upload their entries to YouTube and send the completed application form to the Moral, Civic and National Education Section by 18 December 2020 (Friday) via fax or email. Please mark ‘Short Videos on Schools' Experience in Promoting Reflections on the COVID-19 Outbreak as the email subject.

        Selection and sharing: 

        • Outstanding entries will be selected by a panel of adjudicators based on the content, creativity and inspiration of the videos. List of selected schools will be announced on the MPA resource webpage  and MPA's Facebook page on 19 February 2021 (Friday).
        • The schools concerned will be awarded HK$5,000 book coupon and a certificate as a compliment. They will also be invited to attend the “Sharing Session on the Learning Outcome of  'My Pledge to Act' 2020/21" organised by the EDB for sharing their experience and insights in implementing MPA. Selected entries will be uploaded to the MPA webpage and MPA's Facebook page for sharing outcomes.


        "My Pledge to Act" 2020 Activity Series 2: Mascot “樂諾小太陽” -- Student Creative Sticker Design Competition

         

        We are inviting primary and secondary students to unleash their creativity by enriching the basic pattern of our mascot (樂諾小太陽) with additional elements to highlight the theme of “Be grateful and treasure what we have, stay positive and optimistic”. Students are encouraged to be grateful to their surrounding people and matters, and stay positive and optimistic when facing challenges and difficulties during their growth..

        Competition Details

        The competition is open to all primary and secondary students, who will enter Primary and Secondary Sections respectively. Interested students are required to enroll the competition via their attending schools. Their works and the entry forms shall be submitted via their schools by email (email address: mcne@edb.gov.hk) by 13 November 2020 (Friday). Please include “Mascot (“樂諾小太陽”) Creative Sticker Design Competition” in the subject line of the email.


        Prizes: 

        The following awards and certificates will be presented to Primary and Secondary Sections separately.

        Champion (1 place):                    HK$ 3,000 book coupon and a certificate;

        First runner-up (1 place):           HK$2,000 book coupon and a certificate;

        Second runner-up (1 place):     HK$1,000 book coupon and a certificate; and

        Merit Award (8 places):              HK$500 book coupon and a certificate each.


        My Pledge to Act 2020 Activity Series 3: ‘I can do it’ – Sharing of Students’ Pledges

        To encourage students to make pledges, we will provide “Be grateful and treasure what we have, stay positive and optimistic” writing boards for “My Pledge to Act” participating schools. Student can write down their pledges on the writing boards and display the boards conspicuous places on campus or at home to create an atmosphere conducive to positive education. We encourage students take photo of their pledges  on writing boards and send them to us via their schools through email (email address: mcne@edb.gov.hk). Please include “‘I can do it’ – sharing of students’ pledges” in the subject line of the email. We will select some submissions for sharing on MPA’s Facebook page, and the students concerned will be awarded a souvenir as a compliment.

        Teacher Professional Development Programme

        Oct 2020  Seminar on How to Implement “My Pledge to Act”

        Jun 2021  Sharing Session on the Learning Outcome of My Pledge to Act 2020/21

        Details will be announced at a later stage.


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  4. Links for References

 

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