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100 kindergartens from Guangdong and Hong Kong participate in sister kindergarten exchange programme and annual exchange activity

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100 kindergartens from Guangdong and Hong Kong participate in sister kindergarten exchange programme and annual exchange activity
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100 kindergartens from Guangdong and Hong Kong participate in sister kindergarten exchange programme and annual exchange activity

2024-06-14 17:57 Last Updated At:18:08

Guangdong-hong kong sister kindergarten exchange programme strengthens cultural literacy and professional development in early childhood education

The Education Bureau (EDB) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Department of Education of Guangdong Province today (June 14) held the Guangdong-Hong Kong Sister Kindergarten Exchange Programme Signing Ceremony and Annual Exchange Activity. A total of 100 kindergartens from Guangdong Province and Hong Kong participated.

The Secretary for Education, Dr Choi Yuk-lin; Deputy Director-General of the Department of Education of Guangdong Province Mr Feng Wei; the First-level Inspector of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, Mr Liu Maozhou; and Vice President of the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) Ms Sarah Wong officiated at the Signing Ceremony and Annual Exchange Activity. Together with the Permanent Secretary for Education, Ms Michelle Li, Dr Choi and Mr Feng also witnessed the signing of the Agreement on the Guangdong-Hong Kong Sister Kindergarten Learning Circle by representatives of the kindergartens from Guangdong Province and Hong Kong.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Choi said President Xi Jinping had said that Chinese civilisation is extensive and profound, and has a long history stretching back to antiquity. It is the unique cultural identity of the Chinese nation and the foundation of the contemporary Chinese culture. Kindergarten education is an important stage of children's growth and a key period for cultivating their cultural literacy and sense of national identity. It helps children understand and appreciate Chinese culture from an early age, build a sense of belonging to and a pride of their country, and enhance their sense of national identity.

Following the signing ceremony, a professional seminar was held by the EDB of the Government of the HKSAR and the Department of Education of Guangdong Province in collaboration with the EdUHK to explore how to promote Chinese culture to kindergarten students in diversified modes such as music, languages and curriculum. Scholars from the EdUHK and kindergarten principals from Guangdong Province shared their research findings and exchanged practical experiences with the sector. Over 2 400 kindergarten principals, teachers, academics and experts from Hong Kong and different cities in Guangdong Province participated in person and online in parallel.

In addition, delegates of the Department of Education of Guangdong Province and representatives from kindergartens of Guangdong Province visited five local kindergartens in groups this morning to conduct in-depth exchanges on learning and teaching with Hong Kong kindergarten principals and teachers.

The EDB of the Government of the HKSAR and the Department of Education of Guangdong Province have been running the Guangdong-Hong Kong Sister Kindergarten Exchange Programme since this school year to strengthen connection between the Mainland and Hong Kong in early childhood education, with a focus on fostering professional exchanges and collaboration between teachers from the two places, and enhancing the quality of kindergarten education. Participating kindergartens will form a Guangdong-Hong Kong sister kindergarten learning circle and launch various professional exchange activities through different channels and in diversified modes to further raise the professionalism of teachers in both places.

100 kindergartens from Guangdong and Hong Kong participate in sister kindergarten exchange programme and annual exchange activity  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

100 kindergartens from Guangdong and Hong Kong participate in sister kindergarten exchange programme and annual exchange activity Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

100 kindergartens from Guangdong and Hong Kong participate in sister kindergarten exchange programme and annual exchange activity  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

100 kindergartens from Guangdong and Hong Kong participate in sister kindergarten exchange programme and annual exchange activity Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

100 kindergartens from Guangdong and Hong Kong participate in sister kindergarten exchange programme and annual exchange activity  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

100 kindergartens from Guangdong and Hong Kong participate in sister kindergarten exchange programme and annual exchange activity Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Booking for free use of leisure facilities on Sport For All Day 2024 to start on July 16

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will hold Sport For All Day 2024 on August 4 (Sunday). Most leisure facilities under the purview of the LCSD will be open for free use. Members of the public can book the LCSD's fee-charging facilities as individual users starting from July 16 (Tuesday).

The sessions for free use of facilities on August 4 will be allocated through balloting via SmartPLAY. During anytime between July 16 and 22, members of the public can submit a balloting application via SmartPLAY for booking sessions available for free use on August 4. Each user can submit a total of three balloting choices in one application. The computer balloting results will be announced by July 25. Successful applicants will be notified by the SmartPLAY system and no confirmation is required by the applicants. Members of the public, who have not been allocated with or applied for the balloted free sessions, can book the remaining free sessions, if any, via SmartPLAY on a first-come, first-served basis from 7am on July 29 for the free sessions on August 4. Each person can only book one free session for August 4 irrespective of the type of leisure facilities, either from balloting or first-come, first-served booking.

Applications submitted can be altered before the closing of the application period at 11.59pm on July 22. If applicants wish to change their choices, they may click "Edit Balloting Choices" to make alteration. They are reminded to read and agree the declaration and click "Submit Application" again to complete the application procedures.

The leisure facilities to be available for free use on August 4 include:

  • Indoor leisure facilities: badminton courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, netball courts, volleyball courts, squash courts, table tennis tables, American pool tables, billiard tables, sport climbing walls*, bowling greens, golf facilities, fitness rooms*, activity rooms, dance rooms and a cycling track*;
  • Outdoor leisure facilities: tennis courts, tennis practice courts, bowling greens, batting cages, sport climbing walls*, archery ranges* and golf facilities (excluding camp facilities, sports grounds as well as artificial and natural turf pitches);
  • Public swimming pools (excluding Wan Chai Swimming Pool, and Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool and Tung Cheong Street Swimming Pool which are temporarily closed for redevelopment and repair works respectively); and
  • Craft at water sports centres* (recreational kayaks, pedal-driven boats, sampans and colour boats at Chong Hing Water Sports Centre are available for free use by campers only).
  • * Citizens who book these types of facilities must hold the relevant qualification certificates. For details, please visit the thematic website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/sfad.

    No prior booking is required for public swimming pool facilities. Members of the public may line up at the entrances of swimming pools before the start of a session. Free admission is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The LCSD appeals to hirers to arrive on time and make the best use of the booked facilities. If a hirer fails to take up a booked session 10 minutes after the starting time, the facility will immediately be reallocated to walk-in participants on a first-come, first-served basis. The facility shall be used for the same purpose as that for which it had been booked by the original hirer. The user shall surrender the facility to the original hirer immediately upon the latter's arrival.

    All users of the leisure facilities shall observe the Conditions of Use of LCSD Recreation and Sports Facilities (www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/condition/index.html), including the no-show/not present during the use of the booked sessions ("not present") penalty. An individual hirer who is unable to take up a booked session should cancel the booked facility one day before the start of the booked session(s) through the SmartPLAY system. A no-show/"not present" record will be filed on the hirer when he or she fails to take up a session as booked without on-time completion of the cancellation procedure, or is not present during the use of the booked sessions. Any two such records within 60 consecutive days will result in suspension of booking rights for any of the LCSD's recreation and sports facilities for 90 days.

    In addition, the LCSD will hold diversified and free recreation and sports programmes from 2pm to 6pm on August 4 at designated sports centres in 18 districts, including health talks, fitness corners, sports demonstrations and participation activities for the elderly and persons with disabilities. The theme of this year event is "Parent-child Exercise for Fun and Fitness", the parent-child exercises to tie in with the theme of the event will be held at designated venues. Activity coupons will be distributed at LCSD District Leisure Services Offices and designated venues in the 18 districts on July 22.

    To echo the SFAD 2024, over 10 organisations will firstly hold free land-based and aquatic recreation and sports programmes for the public to join in their venues, or open up their facilities for free use on August 4. Details are available on the dedicated webpage (www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/sfad/2024/organizations.html).

    Sports demonstrations will be featured in a live webcast via the event dedicated website (www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/sfad) and the "LCSD Plusss" Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LCSDPlusss) on the event day from 2pm. Members of the public can experience the vigour of sports demonstrations at home through online platforms.

    For enquiry on free use of leisure facilities, please call 2414 5555 or visit the dedicated website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/sfad.

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