About Community Engagement Programme

The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) is the main provider of co-curricular non-credit-bearing learning activities at HKU. Students engage in community service or advocacy projects which typically entail a process of training, service and reflection. CEDARS’ Community Engagement Programme strives to prepare students for lives of good citizenship and to promote key elements of the common good, by encouraging students to consider their own role in the society and their responsibilities within that community.

About the Programme

As an international city, both Chinese and English are the official languages in Hong Kong. Mastering good English is not only important for study but is a “gateway” to experience other cultures. Although all Hong Kong children are entitled to free English language education, many low-income families may not be able to provide their children with a favourable environment and sufficient resources to learn English. In this programme, you will provide guidance and support to less-privileged children living in Cha Kwo Ling Village through a series of English enrichment classes and a mentorship programme. Moreover, you can share your tips and skills on study, personal growth and development with children so as to help them increase their confidence in learning and lay a better foundation for future.

Programme Objectives

  1. To increase HKU students’ understanding on the situations and lives of the deprived children living in the squatter area;
  2. To provide a platform for HKU students to collaborate and work with others in planning and executing service activities;
  3. To broaden the social network of both HKU students and children living in Cha Kwo Ling Village; and
  4. To enhance children’s interest in English learning and provide them with learning support.

Community Partner

The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council (Cha Kwo Ling Centre)

Service Recipients
Primary 5-6 students

Programme Schedule

Briefing Session

(via Zoom)

30 September 2020 (Wed)

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Visit to Cha Kwo Ling Village (will be changed to Zoom session depending on situation)

4 October 2020 (Sun)

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Part I : English Enrichment Classes

(in Cha Kwo Ling and/or via Zoom)


HKU students will form small teams to plan and organise four English Enrichment classes for children.

11 October (Sun), 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

25 October (Sun), 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

8 November (Sun), 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

22 November (Sun), 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

**Submission of teaching plans to CEDARS one week prior to teaching days**

Part II: Mentorship Programme

(in Cha Kwo Ling and/or via Zoom)

HKU students will pair up with 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 children in overcoming challenges in their daily lives.

5 October – 27 November, 2020

(Once every week, 1 hour per meeting with a total of 8 meetings)

Part III: HKU Campus Tour

One Saturday in late December 2020 or early January 2021

10:30 am – 12:30 pm


Submission of Learning Journal and Feedback to CEDARS Early January 2021

Who can Join

Full-time HKU students who:

  1. Have a passion to serve and an aspiration to promote a caring society;
  2. Can contribute time, knowledge and skills to empower deprived children;
  3. Are capable of team work;
  4. Can design and implement creative English enrichment activities to engage children;
  5. Can complete all the activities listed under the Programme Schedule.

How to Apply

Application is closed.


Student volunteers who contribute 20 hours or more would receive a certificate and are eligible to apply for the Credit Award Scheme for Out-of-classroom Learning Experiences.


If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Student Development Team of CEDARS at cedars-programmes@hku.hk.