Let’s Learn from the Fantastic People and Support our Children in Realising their Dreams
In support of English Language education of both primary and secondary levels and the Campaign on “Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom (SOW) 2021/22”, the Curriculum Development Institute of the Education Bureau (EDB) has launched a new series of short videos on “Fantastic People”, in which three celebrities share their success stories, to foster students’ positive values, attitudes and behaviour.
Parents are highly recommended to watch the short videos together with their children; guide them to learn about the celebrities with achievements in different areas and to understand their secrets of success as well as contributions to Hong Kong; and encourage their children to set goals and pursue their dreams. One of the interviewees is Professor Sung Jao Yiu Joseph, who is a renowned medical doctor specialising in gastroenterology and hepatology in Hong Kong. He was also the Vice-chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2010 to 2017. During the interview, he shared his fascinating secondary school life at his alma mater Queen’s College and his story of being a doctor. In Prof Sung’s career, he overcame challenges and difficulties with perseverance and commitment, and fought SARS in 2003 through the concerted efforts of the medical team. The interview helps inspire youngsters to strive for their goals with positive attitudes, such as faith and hard work.
Ms Yu Chui Yee Alison, another interviewee, is an outstanding wheelchair fencer. She was diagnosed with bone cancer when she was 11 years old, and had a prosthesis installed after her left leg was amputated. However, she stayed optimistic and proactive in the face of adversity. With determination and perspiration as well as support from her family and friends, she won 11 medals in the Paralympic Games. The interview can encourage children to overcome various challenges with a positive and optimistic attitude.
Positive values are traditional wisdom common to both Chinese and Western cultures. Lots of classic sayings in both cultures embody philosophies about self-cultivation, quest for knowledge, human relationships and attitude of life. Learning these sayings helps nurture students’ virtues and positive values, attitudes and behaviour. Hence, the EDB promotes not only Chinese classic sayings and pieces of classical literature, but also the campaign on English SOW. A series of related learning and teaching resources, including a new resource kit on “Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom” (e-version), have been developed for teachers’ use, with the aim of enabling students and parents to have a better understanding of the wisdom of the SOW. In addition, a series of activities and competitions will be launched to enrich students’ English learning experiences, for example, the Poetry Remake Competition, SOW Creative Singing Contest and Filmit 2022: A Student Film Competition. The SOW Creativity Contest: A Moment in Time, in particular, has started in November. Both primary and secondary students are invited to capture a special moment, which illustrates the meaning of a SOW related to positive values by taking a photo or creating a 2D artwork and writing a short description to share their messages with others. Primary one to three students can also submit their work with the support from their parents. Parents are welcome to encourage their children to participate.
The videos on “Fantastic People” have been uploaded to the webpage of Educational Multimedia (https://emm.edcity.hk/playlist/1_hea30nj2/1_gjbkgroh). Parents are recommended to make good use of the videos to support their children in realising their dreams through learning from the success stories of the three celebrities.