Unison Newsletter Issue #106
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Hong Kong Unison meets  the Chairman of Legco Panel of Education, Dr. Hon Priscilla LEUNG Mei-fun

On 17 May Hong Kong Unison had a zoom meeting with the Chairman of Legco Panel of Education, Dr. Hon Priscilla LEUNG Mei-fun. We had a fruitful exchange and spoke about education support for ethnic minority students, the lack of measures during the pandemic, a comprehensive Chinese as a second language (CSL) curriculum and kindergarten support measures. We are hopeful that the education support measures for non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students and the accountability of the additional funding for implementing the Chinese Curriculum Second Language Learning Framework will be soon discussed in Legco Panel of Education. The support for ethnic minority students directly impacts the social mobility and employability of ethnic minority youth.

在五月十七日, 融樂會與立法會教育事務委員會主席梁美芬議員會面,討論為少數族裔學生提供的教育支援、疫情下欠缺額外支援措施、中文作為第二語言課程,以及幼稚園教育支援政策。對少數族裔學生的支援, 直接影響到他們向上流動、找到理想工作的機會,我們希望立法會教育事務委員會可以盡快將「監察推行中國語文課程第二語言學習架構額外撥款」、「對非華語學生的教育措施」排上議程。


Hong Kong Unison at Wan Chai District Council meeting  

On 25 May Hong Kong Unison attended the Community Building and Housing Affairs Committee meeting of Wan Chai District Council. We expressed concerns about educational support for ethnic minority students in the district and the fire safety measures for residents living in subdivided units in the district. We also requested the government representatives to provide the department’s attendance rate of cultural sensitivity trainings. 


Hong Kong Unison participates in HKCSS Welfare Agenda & Priorities Setting (WAPS) 2021

On 14 May Hong Kong Unison joined the HKCSS Welfare Agenda & Priorities Setting (WAPS) 2021 via zoom. In the breakout rooms’ representatives of NGOs which serve ethnic minorities spoke on mainstreaming services, cultural sensitivity of frontline staff, interpretation usage, education and career pathways of ethnic minority youth. 


Ethnic Minorities in Subdivided flats

Hong Kong Unison met with an international housing NGO on 12 May on a project to improve living conditions in subdivided flats in Hong Kong.  We shared the main barriers and concerns to accessing adequate housing for ethnic minorities and made recommendations to improve government policies.


Online Chinese Enhancement class and One-to-one Chinese Tutoring 

Hong Kong Unison's online Chinese enhancement class is in full swing. Children enjoy the classes immensely. A parent told us that the school teacher was pleasantly suprised to see the improvement in the child's Chinese proficiency after joining our class. Previously the child was not interested in Cantonese and mainly use English to communicate. The willingness to speak more Cantonese and trying to use it more in school has helped the child to adjust well at school too. The monthly test shows a vast improvement in the performance of all students.

There is considerable progress in tutees of the One-to-one online Chinese Tutoring. Parents mentioned their children's score in the Chinese examination at school has improved. Unison monitors the classes regularly and provides helpful suggestions to the tutors.
此外, 一對一的中文網上補習班的同學也在步步爬升中。家長發現,自己的子女在學校中文測驗的表現有所改善。我們會持續監察課堂,並向老師提供有效的建議,改善課堂質素。


Hong Kong Unison Community Project Update (1)

Project Be/longing: On 30 May a photography workshop, centred on the theme of food, was held. It was run by Leeh Ann Hidalgo and Khristel Mae Alterado, two Migrant Domestic Worker (MDW) Photographers who are mentors of Lensational, a social enterprise that empowers underrepresented women by providing them with media training. Project Be/longing aims to encourage both local Ethnic Minority and Chinese communities to creatively re-present daily experiences —We are excited about the next activity, the Fireside Chat!
Be/longing 計劃的兩位同學,在五月三十日以食物為主題,舉辦了一個攝影工作坊。工作坊由兩位外籍家庭傭工兼攝影師,Leeh Ann Hidalgo 女士和 Khristel Mae Alterado女士所主持,她們同時為社會企業Lensational的導師。Be/longing 計劃致力鼓勵本地少數族裔與華裔以創意重新呈現我們社群中的各種體驗——讓我們一齊期待他們接下來的活動——爐邊漫談吧!

Hong Kong Unison Community Project Update (2)

Project Empowering WOEMN: The Digital classes teaching skills like Microsoft Office, video editing and graphic design has commenced. Classes are conducted online by a renowned academy in Pakistan and ethnic monitory teachers from Hong Kong, equipping the women participants with profitable knowledge and empowering them to be financially independent within the confines of home.

EMPOWERING WOEMN 的兩位同學為少數族裔婦女所安排的線上課程正式開始了!這些課程內容涵蓋Microsoft office 技巧、影片剪接、圖像設計等技巧。課程由巴基斯坦院校及香港少數族裔老師聯合授課,希望讓學生習得營生技能,在家中能經濟獨立。

Project Elevate- Coaching Sessions
Elevate 生涯規劃

Around 30 form 4 and form 5 ethnic minority students have joined our “Elevate” project and currently, we are halfway through phase 2.  With the help of ICF certified coaches, the students got professional career coaching sessions to understand themselves better and their career path.  


Virtual Educational Volunteering

On 26 May Hong Kong Unison’s youth joined Virtual Educational Volunteering workshop organized by HandsOn HK, which is a part of Moody’s community engagement program. Soap Cycling was the NGO who were invited to share their work, operations model and impact. The youth and Moody’s team tried their hand at recycling soap. The soaps made by our youth will be distributed at an elderly home.

五月二十日,融樂會的獎學金得主參與了HandsOn HK 舉辦的虛擬教育義工服務工作坊,此工作坊為穆迪公司的社區參與計劃的一部分。是次活動邀請到非政府組織再皂福分享他們的工作、運作模式及影響。參與同學與穆迪代表都落手落腳體驗肥皂回收,製成品將會分發予老人院。

Primary One Allocation (POA) Results

The results of Central Allocation (CA) for Primary One Allocation (POA) will be sent to parents via registered post on 2-3 June. Parents who have registered their mobile number will receive an SMS on 2 June. Ethnic minority parents are often confused of the procedures hence Hong Kong Unison conducted a parents group on 31 May to talk about procedure of registration, knock-door policy, and how to make a child’s portfolio and important dates. Unison staff is contacting parents who are awaiting results by phone and WhatsApp to provide support. Additionally we circulated a poster and info regarding POA results through various social media channels. 


Free tickets from Ocean Park!

Thank you for the generous donation from Ocean Park Hong Kong. Hong Kong Unison received 200 free tickets and we distributed them to ethnic minority families. We hope the families had fun in Ocean Park and learned about Conservation Day and understand Hong Kong’s rich biodiversity, human connection to nature, and conservation awareness. 


Join us in welcoming our intern!

Charlotte has always been passionate about equality and human rights issues, such as gender and race equality, LGBTQ+ rights and believes in advocating for disenfranchised communities. After seeing the discrimination and prejudice ethnic minorities faced throughout the pandemic she decided to reach out to Unison to work with us and help in any way that she can. She has previously worked with schools in the UK with ethnic minority students by assisting with their education, and also tutored ethnic minority students in Hong Kong at community centers. She hopes to continue to utilize her privilege to bring about change and to support and empower ethnic minorities in Hong Kong.

Charlotte熱衷於平等、人權議題,如性別、種族平等、LGBTQ+ 權利等,願為這些受壓逼的群體發聲。疫症期間,Charlotte目睹少數族裔面臨著歧視與偏見後,決定接觸融樂會,參與我們的工作,為少數族裔議題出一分力。她曾在英國的學校與少數族裔學生合作,協助他們接受教育,亦曾在香港的社區中心為少數族裔學生補習。她希望親力帶來改變,支持和為香港的少數族裔充權。

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!


Unison would like to express our gratitude to our donors, supporters and
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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