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Unison Newsletter Issue #104
 
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Congratulations to the winners of Unison Community Project Competition 2021
 
社區計畫比賽獲勝隊伍

The Unison Community Project Competition 2021 was successfully held on 20 February on Zoom. In the first cohort we have 10 winners. In the next months, the teams will receive project management skills training and will implement the projects in partnership with District Councillors from 4 districts. The program is funded by our partner Citi Foundation. Stay tuned to see as the projects unfold! In the meantime check out the list of winners here: 
https://www.facebook.com/HongKongUnison/posts/4698063023559787

二零二一年融樂會社區計畫比賽總決賽終於在二月二十日成功舉辦!我們已於三月一日公佈十組獲勝隊伍。請參看
https://www.facebook.com/HongKongUnison/posts/4698063023559787。我們將會在三月向十組優勝同學提供計畫管理技巧的培訓,幫助他們迎接未來在地區上面臨的挑戰。大家準備好欣賞他們在未來半年的活躍表現了嗎?

ELEVATE - Career Development Program 
ELEVATE – 職涯規劃項目 

In February Hong Kong Unison launched a new program named ELEVATE. It is a Career Development program for F.4 & F.5 students which focuses on 1-on-1 individual attention. The objective of the program is to help participating students explore and develop their plans for the future. It is a great opportunity to meet professionals, get individual coaching, and upscale soft skills. The program starts in Feb 2021 and ends in Aug 2021. The program is funded by our partner EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation (http://www.empowerweb.org)

融樂會在二月開展了一個名為”ELEVATE”的項目。此項目專為中四、五的少數族裔同學而設,以一對一形式進行。我們希望透過此項目幫助同學探索、發展其未來職志。同學可以藉此千載難逢的機會,與專業人士會面、獲得單對單的指導,同時學習各種將來會用到的軟性技巧。本項目由二一年二月開展,八月結束。在此我們亦感謝EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation (http://www.empowerweb.org) 的資助。


Rise in Race Discrimination during COVID-19
疫情下歧視個案上升 

Since the 4th wave of Covid outbreaks last December, Hong Kong Unison noticed a rise in discrimination against ethnic minorities, especially the South Asian community. We received distressing phone calls and cases from the community. 15 construction workers who tested negative for COVID-19 were still suspended from work without reasonable explanation and some janitors were asked to take a COVID-19 test despite the fact that they did not live in the outbreak area. In both incidents, only South Asians were subjected to it. We strongly reiterate that discrimination is totally unacceptable and should not be tolerated. We urge the Equal Opportunity Commission to take initiatives in investigating the discrimination cases during the epidemic.

自從去年十二月第四波疫情爆發後,融樂會注意到針對本地少數族裔的歧視個案有上升趨勢,特別以針對南亞裔人士為甚。我們接收到不少歧視個案求助,包括持有陰性檢測證明的少數族裔建築工人被禁止上班;有並非居於疫區的少數族裔工友被要求接收檢測等等。我們重申,本港社會絕不會容忍種族歧視。另外,我們亦要求平等機會委員會主動調查這些歧視個案。


Unison's stance on the latest measure on the British National (Overseas) passport
融樂會就英國國民(海外)護照措施發表
聲明

On 27 February Hong Kong Unison issued a statement in response to the Hong Kong Government’s latest measure on the British National (Overseas) BN(O) passport. We urge the Government to set up a hotline for inquiry and assistance for ethnic minorities who are affected by the measures and to alleviate the confusion caused by the sudden change. We want the Government to ascertain the various impacts of any moves on relevant stake-holders beforehand.  (photo credit: South China Morning Post)
https://www.facebook.com/HongKongUnison/posts/4649281908437899

在二月二十七日,融樂會就政府最新之英國國民(海外)護照措施發表聲明。我們要求政府設立熱線,以便受到影響的少數族裔查詢,及緩解因此突變而來的亂局。我們同時申明,政府在制定政策時,必須全面考慮對持份者所帶來的影響。(相片來源:南華早報)
https://www.facebook.com/HongKongUnison/posts/4649281908437899


Submission to the Financial Secretary on 2021-22 Budget Consultation
融樂會向財政司司長辦公室提交意見書 

On 17 February Hong Kong Unison filed a submission to the Financial Secretary’s office on 2021-22 Budget Consultation. We urged the Government to establish professional ladders and increment 2 salary points for regular teachers who are professionally trained in teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and we suggest the Government to conduct a research on the adequacy and effectiveness of support given to newly-arrived ethnic minority students.

You can find Unison's submission here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ijh1hcTy013PmIdvzD_XggHqN6tThaVx/view?usp=sharing
 

在二月十七日,融樂會向財政司司長辦公室提交意見書一封https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ijh1hcTy013PmIdvzD_XggHqN6tThaVx/view?usp=sharing,就本年度財政預算案提交意見。我們主要要求政府為接受過「中文作為第二語言」專業訓練的中小學常額老師建立專業階梯,並提高兩個薪級點;另外,亦應撥款研究現時「新來港少數族裔學童支援措施」的有效性。

Submission to the LegCo Panel on Constitutional Affairs
向立法會政制事務委員會提交意見書 

On 18 February Hong Kong Unison sent a submission paper to the LegCo Panel on Constitutional Affairs on the Work Progress and Key Focuses of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). In the paper, we asked the government to disclose the data of the outcomes of cultural sensitivity trainings provided by the EOC. We also urge the EOC to take initiatives and investigate discrimination cases under COVID-19. 

You can find Unison's submission here: http://library.legco.gov.hk:1080/record=b1227281

融樂會在二月十八日向立法會政制事務委員會提交意見書 http://library.legco.gov.hk:1080/record=b1227281,主要關注平等機會委員會主席發表的工作進度報告。我們在意見書中要求政府公佈平機會的文化敏感度培訓的成果數據;另外,我們亦促請平機會主動調查在 COVID-19 疫情下的歧視個案。


Submission to the Subcommittee to Study the Development of Textbooks and Teaching Materials
向立法會「研究幼稚園、中小學教科書及教材編製小組委員會」提交意見書

On 9 February Hong Kong Unison sent a submission paper to the Subcommittee to Study the Development of Textbooks and Teaching Materials for Kindergartens, Primary and Secondary Schools. In the paper, we expressed our concerns on the “development of Textbooks” for non-Chinese-speaking (NCS) students. We highlighted that there should be measures to encourage the publication of textbooks for NCS students. http://library.legco.gov.hk:1080/record=b1226763

在二月九日,融樂會向立法會「研究幼稚園、中小學教科書及教材編製小組委員會」提交了一份意見書。本會特別關注專為非華語生而編寫的教科書發展。我們認為,當局應有措施鼓勵書商出版非華語生適用的教科書。http://library.legco.gov.hk:1080/record=b1226763


YouTube video by Civil Rights Observer on ICCPR
 
民權觀察YouTube節目

On 24 February our Executive Director Phyllis Cheung and Unison youth participated in YouTube live held by Civil Rights Observer. In the 30-minute session, Phyllis and Unison youth drilled into the difficulties that ethnic minorities face in participating in civil society.

You can watch the session at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpkFQNcY9_U&t=940s

在二月二十四日,融樂會總幹事張鳳美女士與融樂會獎學金得主Trisha應民權觀察邀請,參加其YouTube網上節目。在半小時的節目中https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpkFQNcY9_U&t=940s,張女士與Trisha 深入探討了少數族裔在參與公民社會時面臨的困難。


Questions on estimates of expenditures 2021-22 
政府開支預算 2021-22 問題
 

Hong Kong Unison sent out more than 80 questions to Legislative Councilors on estimates of expenditures 2021-22. The replies from the administration provide concrete data regarding different government policies that allow us to monitor the effectiveness of said policies and hence advocate better education policies for ethnic minorities. 

在二月,融樂會向立法會議員一共送出超過八十題有關政府開支預算的問題。這些來自政府的答覆有大量政策數據可供分析,是我們監察政府、倡議更好的少數族裔教育政策時所需的重要資源。


School Talks 

On 25 February Hong Kong Unison organised a workshop for F.4 students. The topic is Meeting People from Various Careers. 11 employees from our corporate partner LexisNexis Hong Kong https://www.facebook.com/lexisnexishk joined the talk as facilitators of small group discussion. The workshop was conducted face-to-face, hence the energy and enthusiasm was infectious. The students and volunteers appreciated honest conversations. 

二月二十五日,融樂會為中四學生舉辦了一個工作坊,主題為認識各行各業的人。我們邀請到十一位來自本會企業伙伴律商聯訊集團的僱員,擔任小組討論的協調員。工作坊以面對面形式進行,討論氣氛非常熾熱,參與同學與義工朋友皆感滿載而歸 https://www.facebook.com/lexisnexishk


Cultural Sensitivity Workshop
文化敏感度工作坊    

On 4 February Hong Kong Unison led a cultural sensitivity workshop- Understanding NCS students for 200 students of Higher Diploma program in Early Childhood Education (ECE) of OUHK-LiPACE. Unison spoke of the difficulties ethnic minority students face in kindergarten, relevant policy and community resources. The workshop was interactive and we are pleased that future kindergarten teachers are passionate about ethnic minority issues and want to equip themselves with knowledge and skills to provide assistance to students and parents.  

二月四日,融樂會為香港公開大學李嘉誠專業進修學院舉辦了一個文化敏感度工作坊,主題為「了解非華語學生」。是次講座共有二百位主修幼兒教育的高級文憑學生參加。我們談到少數族裔學生在幼稚園中面對的困難,以及相關政策及資源。工作坊以互動形式進行,我們都不禁被這班未來幼稚園老師對少數族裔議題的熱情所感動。希望他們能將工作坊中學到的知識和技巧帶回去,為他們未來的學生、學生家長提供協助。


Welcome to Unison team 

Please join us in welcoming our new staff, Fredrick, Project Officer. Fredrick will lead ethnic minority youth development projects, public education workshops, and support corporate communications.

He acquired his Bachelor of Social Sciences and Master of Social Work from Lingnan University and Hong Kong Chinese University respectively. He is a travel enthusiast and a writer. He has travelled to more than 70 countries. Over the years he has written and hosted in various media channels. He published two books about his world travels from 2012 to 2014.

歡迎林輝先生加入本機構成為項目主任。林輝先生主要負責少數族裔青少年發展,公眾教育及支援傳訊工作。

林輝是嶺南大學社會科學學士及中文大學社會工作碩士。旅遊狂熱者、文字工作者,曾踏足過超過70個國家,並曾為多個媒體撰寫專欄及主持節目,著有《旅行在希望與苦難之間》及《旅行是一場修行》。


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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!

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project grants from the following funders:
 
American Women's Association
Citi Foundation
EMpower-Emerging Market Foundation
Fu Tak Iam Foundation
Oxfam Hong Kong
Chen Yat-Sen Family Foundation Ltd
The Amber Foundation

Ho & Fung Charitable Foundation Ltd

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