Programme Description 
The Community Engagement Programme (CEP) aims to equip HKU students with a comprehensive understanding on the challenges faced by the less privileged / neglected population in Hong Kong, and provide them with an opportunity to serve the local community and promote the development of a caring and sustainable society.

The CEP: Empowering Children in Cha Kwo Ling Village will run from September 2019 to January 2020. HKU participants will work in small teams to empower the growth and personal development of children (primary 3-6) living in Cha Kwo Ling Village and encourage them to cultivate a positive attitude towards learning and knowledge acquisition through the following activities:

  1. A mentorship programme
  2. English teaching classes
  3. A singing class
  4. A singing performance and game booths at the Christmas Carnival for the Cha Kwo Ling Community
  5. A Graduation Ceremony at HKU
Learning Outcomes for HKU Students

Through the programme, HKU students will be able to (a) increase their understanding on the living conditions of squatter area in Hong Kong and the children living there; (b) enhance their organisation, communication and team work skills through designing and implementing different service activities with their team members; (c) extend their social network by working with others to make constructive contributions to society; (d) enhance sense of civic responsibility by serving the less advantaged group and (e) help promote a caring society.

Programme Schedule

HKU student will be divided into 4 teams (Team A, Team B, Team C and Team D) to plan and carry out the activities listed under Programme Schedule below. Each team will consist of 4-6 students. Please refer to the Grouping Arrangement of HKU Participants for details.

Activities Details Date and Time Venue
Meeting with Team Members Meet and get know to each other 19 or 20 Sep, 2019 (Thu or Fri)
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 HKU
Programme Briefing – Learn the history and socio-economic background of the community and population
– Skills on serving children and meet the children
– Tour of Cha Kwo Ling Village
22 Sep, 2019 (Sun)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Cha Kwo Ling Village
Mentorship Programme HKU students will pair up with the children and act as their peer mentors and role models to share tips and skills on study, personal growth and development, etc. They can also provide care, support and encouragement to the children in overcoming the challenges in their daily lives. Oct – Dec 2019
(4 meetings, 1.5 hours each)
Cha Kwo Ling Village
English Teaching Classes HKU students will organise two English teaching classes for P3-P4 children and P5-6 children respectively.

Each class will have four lessons on different topics, e.g. table manner, asking directions, shopping, telephone communication, etc, to enhance the English proficiency of the children and increase their interest in learning English.

29 Sep, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 2019 (Sun)
10:00 am – 11:00 am** Submission of teaching plans one week in advance of teaching days**
Cha Kwo Ling Village
Singing Class HKU students will organise a singing class for the children to showcase their talent, and enhance their team work and cooperation skill. They will then make a Carol singing performance at the Christmas Carnival of CKL Village to demonstrate the outcome of their singing class. 29 Sep, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 2019 (Sun)
11:15 am – 12:45 pmTwo rehearsals in December (to be confirmed)
Cha Kwo Ling Village
Christmas Carnival for Cha Kwo Ling Community Children and HKU students will make a Carol singing performance, and design and manage two game booths at the Christmas Carnival of Cha Kwo Ling Village to bring festive atmosphere to the villagers. 20 Dec, 2019 (Fri)
3:30 pm – 10:00 pm** Submission of proposals on or before 17 Nov, 2019**
Cha Kwo Ling Village
Graduation Ceremony at HKU To celebrate the successful completion of the programme, HKU students will organise a graduation ceremony for the children at HKU. Participants can share their joy and learning experiences with each other. 4 Jan, 2020 (Sat)
10:30 am – 12:30 pm** Submission of proposals on or before 17 Nov, 2019**
 HKU
Submission of programme evaluation and learning journal By 12 Jan, 2020 (Sun)
Requirements
  1. Have passion to serve
  2. Aspire to promote a caring society
  3. Can contribute time, knowledge and skills to empower the targeted group
  4. Capable of team work to design, plan and implement the service activities
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Roles and Responsibilities
  1. Engage in and contribute to all the activities listed under the Programme Schedule
  2. Work in small team to plan, design and implement the service activities
  3. Submit programme feedback and a learning journal of around 300 words
  4. Share the learning outcomes and experiences to wider HKU community
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Application 
Interested students should fill in the online application form on or before 16 September, 2019. Students will receive notification from CEDARS on programme arrangement on or before 18 September.
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Reward 
This is a pre-approved programme under Credit Award Scheme for Out-of-classroom Learning Experiences. Students who have successfully completed the Programme will be eligible to earn 1 credit of the Credit Award Scheme by submitting an application to the Horizon Office for formal approval. Moreover, students who serve over 20 hours will receive a Certificate of Participation from CEDARS.
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Enquiries
If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Student Development Team of CEDARS at cedars-programmes@hku.hk.
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Past Programmes

Community Engagement Programme for the Underprivileged in Sham Shui Po