Hong Kong – Acting SHA inspects anti-epidemic service bag distribution centre (with photos/video)

Acting SHA inspects anti-epidemic service bag distribution centre (with photos/video)

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     Fighting the virus is Hong Kong’s most pressing mission. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government will start distributing anti-epidemic service bags to all households in Hong Kong from April 2 with a view to effectively meeting the public’s anti-epidemic needs. The preparation is being implemented at full steam under the lead of the 18 District Officers. By mobilising civil servants and gathering support from different fronts, preparation work for packaging and distributing millions of anti-epidemic service bags will soon begin. The Acting Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Jack Chan, today (March 29) inspected materials and the venue setup at a distribution centre for anti-epidemic service bags in Causeway Bay Community Centre to ensure the smooth commencement of relevant work.



     Mr Chan said, “Being deeply concerned about the epidemic situation of Hong Kong and the well-being of the Hong Kong people, the Mainland has fully responded to the HKSAR Government’s requests for its assistance in fighting the epidemic. We are thankful for the Central Government’s co-ordination on the procurement, production and logistics of various anti-epidemic supplies. This has enabled the HKSAR Government to obtain the anti-epidemic supplies in a timely manner and ensure ample supplies for every Hong Kong citizen.”



     Mr Chan said that due to the huge manpower required for packaging and distributing anti-epidemic service bags, the civil service team is providing active support. Colleagues from 13 bureaux and their family departments, as well as the Department of Justice, are participating in this task. The HKSAR Government has mobilised all possible manpower and volunteers to join hands with the civil service team to carry out the relevant work. Apart from packaging work, the Government will set up 130 distribution points in the 18 districts to carry out the ensuing distribution work.



     To ensure a smooth packaging process for the anti-epidemic service bags, the Home Affairs Department has produced a demonstration video so that participating civil servants and volunteers can fully understand the division of labour, procedure and steps in packaging.



     He said, “We have seen an overwhelming response from different sectors in organising volunteer teams. Over 17 000 volunteers have been recruited through the members of the Legislative Council, the Hong Kong Community Anti-Coronavirus Link, the Anti-Coronavirus Link of 18 districts, over 230 local organisations and non-government organisations, clansman organisations, charity groups, volunteer and uniformed groups, religious groups and ethnic minorities groups. They have provided more than 40 000 volunteer work days for packaging and some 27 000 volunteer work days for distributing bags.



     “The work of distributing the anti-epidemic service bags fully demonstrates the spirit of concerted co-operation among the Government, all sectors of the community and the public in fighting the epidemic. We again express our gratitude to the country. We firmly believe that with the staunch support from our motherland, as long as Hong Kong citizens are united in one heart to fight the epidemic, Hong Kong will definitely win this battle.”

Hong Kong – Acting Director of Home Affairs officiates at presentation ceremony of community vaccination event for children organised by Kowloon City District Office (with photos)

Acting Director of Home Affairs officiates at presentation ceremony of community vaccination event for children organised by Kowloon City District Office (with photos)

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     ​The Acting Director of Home Affairs, Miss Vega Wong, officiated at the presentation ceremony of a community vaccination event for children known as “I am a Little Anti-pandemic Hero” organised by the Kowloon City District Office held at the Hung Hom Community Hall today (March 6). She presented certificates to vaccinated children, including ethnic minority children, to acknowledge their acts for protecting themselves and those around them as well as minimising the risk of virus spread in the community through vaccination.

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     Miss Wong stated that the Home Affairs Department and 18 District Offices under its purview will continue to walk hand in hand with the public in the fight against the epidemic, by providing a variety of anti-epidemic support services to the community through different channels such as organising community vaccination activities in various districts for those in need of injection especially high-risk groups like children and the elderly, for gaining protection for themselves and the others through vaccines as soon as possible.



     Apart from officiating at the ceritificate presentation ceremony, Miss Wong, accompanied by the District Officer (Kowloon City), Ms Alice Choi, talked to the parents who took their children to the event, the medical doctor volunteers responsible for vaccination as well as the volunteers who were there to maintain order for learning various situations encountered by them during anti-epidemic activities. She also thanked them for supporting the event.



     The community vaccination event for children named “I am a Little Anti-pandemic Hero” was jointly organised by the Kowloon City District Office, the Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong with the support from the Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society Kowloon, the CUHK Medical Alumni Buddy Programme, the Union Hospital, the Youth Committee of the Hong Kong & Kowloon Chiu Chow Public Association and Lui Lee Sau Ying Charity Fund Limited. It offers effective protection for children by injecting COVID-19 vaccines for school kids free of charge.



     Miss Wong thanked all sectors of the community for their staunch support for vaccination activities organised by individual district offices such that citizens of all ages, especially children and the elderly who are more vulnerable to serious infection, can be vaccinated as soon as possible to obtain the much needed proper protection for themselves and others under the severe epidemic situation.

Hong Kong – Acting SHA expresses deep sorrow over passing of Dr Tong Wai-ki

Acting SHA expresses deep sorrow over passing of Dr Tong Wai-ki

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     The Acting Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Patrick Nip, today (January 19) expressed deep condolences over the passing of the Chairman of the Hong Kong Taoist Association, Dr Tong Wai-ki.

 

     Mr Nip said, “Dr Tong dedicated his life in promoting the Taoist religion and uniting the Taoist community. He also actively participated in charitable services and talent nurturing. In 2013, he was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star for his great contributions to the community.”

 

     “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Tong and would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family.”

 

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Hong Kong – Acting CE commends teachers for teaching excellence (with photos)

Acting CE commends teachers for teaching excellence (with photos)

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The following is issued on behalf of the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence Steering Committee:
 
     The Acting Chief Executive, Mr Paul Chan, today (September 24) officiated at and presented the Award for Teaching Excellence to 15 teachers at the Award Presentation Ceremony of Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence (CEATE) (2019/2020) and (2020/2021).  Another 23 teachers received the Certificate of Merit from the Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin Yeung, during the ceremony.

     Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Chan expressed his heartfelt congratulations to the awarded teachers and thanked them for their dedicated efforts in education. Through their company and guidance, students cultivated a strong interest to pursue knowledge and reading as well as the spirit to explore, leading to the cultivation of good morals.

     “The awarded teachers regard moral cultivation as the foundation of education and are committed to enhancing students’ ability to think and discern. They systematically planned the curriculum and organised a variety of colourful experiential learning activities to allow students to develop positive values, a commitment to society, as well as a sense of national identity, love for Hong Kong and international perspectives,” he said.

     He also encouraged teachers to actively participate in exchange activities with the Mainland. Through observation and exchanges, they could explore ways to improve teaching professionalism with outstanding senior teachers in the Mainland. At the same time, they can use these opportunities to personally understand the country’s development, strengthen their understanding of the country’s politics, economy, society, history and culture, and then share their knowledge gained with colleagues and students.
      
     The Chairman of the CEATE Steering Committee, Dr Gordon Tsui, said, “I wish to extend my appreciation to the awarded teachers for dedicating themselves to their jobs amid the challenges of COVID-19 to nurture positive attitudes and values in students through teaching and modelling, while they still endeavoured to pursue continuous self-improvement and innovative teaching practices. They made strenuous efforts, through designing diversified learning activities and making use of multi-media across different online platforms, to promote the integration of knowledge in various learning areas, developing the skills and cultivating the values of students which successfully stimulated students’ learning motivation and enhanced learning and teaching effectiveness with a view to building up a solid foundation for students’ learning and growth.”
      
     Dr Tsui said that more than 900 teachers from different themes have been awarded since the launch of CEATE in 2003. The CEATE Award has won community-wide recognition. He encouraged the awarded teachers to actively disseminate their excellent teaching practices through the CEATE Teachers’ Association and various professional exchange platforms to inspire fellow teachers so as to build and reinforce the culture of pursuing excellence. Looking ahead, future CEATEs would bring together accomplished teachers with a view to making contributions to promote quality education.
      
     There were 121 nominations and 104 nominations received for CEATE (2019/2020) and (2020/2021) respectively. At the end of the assessment procedures, five nominations (comprising 15 teachers) were presented with the Award for Teaching Excellence while seven nominations (comprising 23 teachers) were presented with the Certificate of Merit in total. The awarded nominations covered themes including “Chinese Language Education Key Learning Area (KLA)”, “Moral and Civic Education”, “Arts Education KLA”, “Mathematics Education KLA” and “Special Educational Needs”. Assessment of nominations focused on teachers’ performance in the four domains of “Professional Competence”, “Student Development”, “Professionalism and Commitment to the Community”, and “School Development”. Please visit CEATE website (www.ate.gov.hk) for the list of awarded teachers.
      
     The Award Presentation Ceremony was held at Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre. Officiating guests also included the Permanent Secretary for Education, Ms Michelle Li; the Chairman of the Education Commission, Mr Tim Lui; the Chairman of the Curriculum Development Council, Professor Tam Kar-yan; the Chairman of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, Mr Samuel Yung; and the Chairman of the CEATE Assessment Working Group (2019/2020) and (2020/2021), Professor Horace Ip.
      
     Sharing activities involving CEATE awarded teachers are being rolled out gradually this school year to disseminate excellent teaching practices. Details will be announced on the CEATE website and EDB Training Calendar. 
      
     Nominations for the CEATE (2021/2022) will be accepted on or before October 4. Its themes cover “Physical Education KLA”, “Science Education KLA” and “Curriculum Leadership”.