Unison Newsletter Issue #111
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2021 Policy Address Submission
2021 施政報告意見書

The 2021 Policy Address was announced on 6 October. Unison drafted a submission and sent it to government’s Policy Address Consultation and included policy initiatives to enhance equitable education for ethnic minority children and strengthen legal protection against racial discrimination in Hong Kong. If you want to read Unison’s submission, please click this link: 
If you want to read Unison's response to the Policy Address, go to our FB page: 


2021/22 Chinese Performance Scholarship Interview
2021/22 中文獎學金面試


On 18 September, Unison conducted group interviews for applicants of the Chinese Performance Scholarship. The objective of the scholarship is to commend ethnic minority students who attained good grades in HKDSE Chinese and GCE (AL) Chinese exams. Every interviewee shared their journey in Chinese learning and critically assessed the factors that affect their learning. Through this reflection, applicants had a better understanding of “equal education opportunity”.


Social Impact Assessment Report on Unison Youth Programme

Unison commissioned the consulting team of Dr. Sammy Fung of HKU to conduct an assessment on the social impact generated by Unison Youth Programmes 2020-21. The assessment was funded by the Knowledge Exchange Project, HKU. The KPIs were designed according to 4 levels of measurement evaluating: subjective well-being and satisfaction, knowledge, skills and attitude, behaviour and behavioural change, and cost effectiveness. The report says “While there have been other organisations dedicated to supporting ethnic minority in Hong Kong, few have specialized in empowering ethnic minority youths at the post-senior secondary age group, an important period shaping young people’s lives and careers. It is encouraging to see ethnic minority youths of this age group finding companionship and support from the Programme. 


LegCo Panel on Education Meeting


After months of efforts, Unison successfully persuaded the LegCo Panel on Education to include “Progress on supporting Chinese learning and teaching or non-Chinese speaking students” in their discussion agenda on 3 September. To facilitate a meaningful discussion, we sent in our submission to the panel members and also encouraged several ethnic minority youths to voice out! (Please click here)

RTHK radio interview


Unison's Executive Director, Ms. Phyllis Cheung, and Vice Chairperson of Musubi, Ms. Ashmi Ghhondey was interviewed by RTHK Radio 2 同理‧繼續傾「隔離‧鄰舍」to talk about the difficulties and service gaps for ethnic minority children with special education needs. We hope ethnic minority children could receive equitable opportunities of early intervention so that they can be integrated into mainstream education. Please listen to the episode here.

Interview with textbook publishing Company Ling Kee

On 1 September, textbook publishing company Ling Kee conducted an interview with Unison and our youth on the difficulties of local ethnic minority residents and the contribution of ethnic minorities to Hong Kong. The video will be part of the publishing company’s material for teachers’ use. 



SE Lab @ Yau Tsim Mong

Unison's Executive Director, Ms. Phyllis Cheung, and Vice-Chairperson Mr. Jeffrey Andrews were invited as speakers at [Multi-Shades of Hong Kong] Community Innovation Lab @ Yau Tsim Mong co-organized by the Good Lab and Social Enterprise Summit on 5 and 12 September to share about difficulties of ethnic minorities and how to facilitate multicultural community participation in the city. They are very encouraged to see the various racially inclusive socially innovative project ideas. 

融樂會總幹事張鳳美女士與副主席安德里先生獲社企民間高峰會與Good Lab 好單位邀請,在其兩日活動(九月五日、十二日)「【各種膚色的我們】社區創新企劃@油尖旺」中擔任講者。兩位講者在會上分享了少數族裔在港的各樣困難,及促進多元文化族群參與社區建設的想法。二人皆對當日構想出來的各種創新點子感到大為鼓舞。


Elevate: Meeting Professionals

Elevate, our career development program for ethnic minority secondary school students, has come to an end. This is our first year to run this program, and the program includes individual consultation, career coaching by professional coaches, CV writing and interview skills workshops, and “meeting professionals” sessions. As the final part of the program we arranged 6 zoom sessions with 8 enthusiastic volunteers from different professions to share their valuable experience with our students. The 6 professions were cabin crew, flight pilot, doctor, sports teacher, TV producer as well as female entrepreneur, and the sessions greatly inspired our students. We are gearing for the next cohort!.

專為少數族裔的中學生舉辦的職業發展計劃「Elevate」, 已經正式完成。今年是我們首年舉辦「Elevate」,這個計劃包括了一對一會面、職業輔導、履歷撰寫及面試技巧工作坊、以及「與專業人士見面」等。「與專業人士見面」作為計劃的壓軸部份,我們在八月和九月共進行了六場線上會面,安排了八位來自不同行業的朋友向同學們分享其行業經驗。這六個行業包括了空中服務員、飛機師、醫生、體育教師、電視監制和女性創業者,他們的精彩的分享大大鼓勵了同學們。我們正為明年再次舉辦 Elevate 準備就緒!

Parents Talk on Primary One Admission


On 10 September, Unison gave a talk to a group of 10 parents on the Primary 1 Admissions process at Sagarmatha Kindergarten in Yuen Long. The parents were mainly concerned about the distance of the primary schools, medium of instruction and racial integration of their children in mainstream schools and Unison staff members addressed their concerns and gave tips on how to check with schools about these issues. Unison also provided the parents with a list of Yuen Long schools with details on the medium of instruction, Chinese learning support for NCS students, and medium of language for school notices, to facilitate their decision-making.   

在九月十日,融樂會為十位Sagarmatha Kindergarten的少數族裔家長舉行小一入學講座。家長主要關注小學的距離、教學語言及校園種族共融環境。會上,我們一一為其解惑,亦講授了如何搜尋相關資料。我們亦向他們提供了元朗區內學校的名單及相關重要資訊,協助他們決策。

Pre-Primary Teachers' Training


Unison conducted a cultural sensitivity training at the Po Leung Kuk Academy of Professional Education on 14 September teaching students how to be more sensitive towards the needs of non-Chinese speaking (NCS) children and suggested skills to teach kindergarten NCS children Chinese.    



Career Pathway Workshops

In September, we conducted a series of 3 school talks at Marymount Secondary School for NCS students. The topics were ‘Importance of Learning Chinese in Hong Kong’, ‘Career Pathways’ and ‘Aiming High: Life After Secondary School’. We would like to extend our thanks to our student volunteers Kayna, Nisa and Lareb for their time and their excellent advice and anecdotes. The students (who were all girls) were able to relate to the volunteers and also very excited to see faces like them on the podium delivering these talks. 


2021/22 Tertiary Education Scholarships
2021/22 專上教育獎學金


The Tertiary Scholarship Scheme for Ethnic Minority Students, since its launch in 2008, financially supports aspiring students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This year we have received record-breaking 140 applications and 25 scholarships will be awarded. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by our panelists on 8-10 October. The panelists are donors, independent persons and Unison ExCo members.


Media Digest 媒體摘要

We are looking for smart, organized and capable individuals who are passionate about social justice and racial equality. If you fit the description, please reach out to us for internship or volunteering opportunities!


Hong Kong Unison would like to express our gratitude to our
donors, supporters and project grants from the following funders:

Citi Foundation
EMpower-Emerging Market Foundation
Oxfam Hong Kong
Chen Yat-Sen Family Foundation Ltd
The Amber Foundation

Ho & Fung Charitable Foundation Ltd

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