Unison Newsletter Issue #93

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14th AGM cum Award Presentation Ceremony

The 14th Annual General Meeting of Hong Kong Unison cum Award Presentation Ceremony was held at Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo) on 2nd November. The Executive Committee for the year 2019/20 was successfully elected; scholarship awards and appreciation award were also presented. Event highlights, list of newly elected Executive Committee members, Annual Activity Report and Audited Financial Statement can be viewed on our website at:


2019 Policy Address initiative on longitudinal study

The Policy Address announced on 16 October affirms that language barriers hinder ethnic minorities from attaining higher education qualifications, securing better jobs, integrating into local communities and accessing public services. Hong Kong Unison has advocated for years to the government to conduct a longitudinal study to understand the learning needs of non-Chinese speaking (NCS) children. We welcome the initiative of the Education Bureau to “explore how to gauge their progress in learning Chinese language through longitudinal studies, and provide feedbacks to schools to further enhance support services.” 


Children's Council 2019 兒童議會

Hong Kong Unison's Vice Chair, Mr. Jeffrey Andrews and Executive Director, Ms. Phyllis Cheung were invited as panel guests at the 2019 Children’s Council Meeting on 19 October to hear child councilors debate the motion “the Government should adopt effective measures to help ethnic minorities deal with their difficulties in learning Chinese”. We are glad that the Council noted the need to support ethnic minority students learn Chinese. 

十月十九日,本會副主席Jeffrey Andrews先生及總幹事張鳳美女士獲2019兒童議會會議邀請,旁聽兒童議員就「促請政府採取有效措施改善少數族裔學習中文的困難」之動議辯論。融樂會非常樂見兒童議會關注支援少數族裔學生學習中文之需求。

Unison PAC group video on Policy address 

On the eve of Policy Address 2019, Unison Policy Address Committee (PAC) released their video petition which can be found on our Facebook page:


Confronting Inequality and Exclusion Workshop

On 11 November, Hong Kong Unison was invited as panel speaker at the "Academic Workshop: Confronting Inequality and Social Exclusion" organized by Justice Centre Hong Kong and Education University Department of Asian and Policy Studies, on the topic “the Rights to Education for non-Chinese speaking and ethnic minority students in Hong Kong”. Other panel speakers include Dr. Fernand de Varennes, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, who stated that exclusion on language is discriminatory.

融樂會於十一月十一日應Justice Centre Hong Kong 及香港教育大學亞洲及政策研究學系邀約,擔任學術工作坊「正視香港不公及社會排斥」的客席講者,主講「香港非華語及少數族裔學生之教育權利」。聯合國少數群體問題特別報告員Fernand de Varennes博士亦同場講授,他特別指出,語言排斥亦屬歧視。

Election Observation Project 選舉觀察計劃

Unison was invited to share about concerns and needs of ethnic minorities during District Council Election on 12 October organized by the 選舉觀察計劃 Election Observation Project. Many participants actually were not aware of the rights of ethnic minorities during election and it was a participative discussion.


District council workshop 區議會選舉工作坊

Aiming to encourage our ethnic minorities to exercise their civil rights, Hong Kong Unison organized an interactive workshop on 7 November. That night, our participants expressed their concerns on how to vote in the upcoming election and knew more about the power of their vote ticket. 


Awardees ice breaking

On 2 November after the AGM and Award Ceremony, we organised two games for the new batch of awardees to get to know each other and to break the ice. The awardees participated enthusiastically and will a lot of zeal. A great start to the scholarship year!


Chinese Performance Scholarship Interview

On 12 October, we organized a group interview to select the awardees of Unison’s Chinese Performance Scholarship. Aside from obtaining great results in the open-exams, our invited interviewees had to present their critical thinking and Chinese oral skills to be qualified for the award!


EMPOWER program

EMPOWER is an initiative by The Amber Foundation for ethnic minority young women. The program aims to groom the students, help them make connections in the business world, and also to learn key skills from some very experienced and dynamic working women. The program is a series of workshops and the first workshop was on 15 October. There are 22 participants in the program; out of which 13 are Unison awardees and alumni. 

EMPOWER 是由 The Amber Foundation專為少數族裔年輕女性而開展的計劃,旨在培養學生、幫助他們在商業世界建立人脈,並從專業老到的職場女性身上學到各種重要技能。此計劃包括一系列的工作坊,而首次工作坊已於十月十五號順利舉辦,共有二十二位參與者,當中十三位都是融樂會現時或過去的獎學金得主。


School talks

Unison conducted three interactive talks for secondary F2, F4 and F5 students. One talk was conducted on 1 November and the other 2 were on 30 October. The topics were Exploring Identity and Hong Kong Citizenship, Life Planning and Career Exploration and Pathways. In total we catered to 350 students. The highlight of the talks was sharing by five Unison Scholarship Awardees.  



Parents talk 家長講座

On 18 October, Unison held a parent talk at Baptist Oi kwan Social Service on the topic “SSPA”(Secondary school Places Allocation). Around 14 NCS parents participated at the talk. The parents were eager to know about choosing suitable secondary schools for their children and preparation of portfolio.


Tutor Sharing, Outreach and Home visits

Four of our tutors joined the tutor evaluation session on 23 October. The tutors shared their individual experiences of teaching NCS students Chinese. They also shared their struggles of not having enough additional resources or materials to better equip and guide the students in learning Chinese. 

In October, Unison conducted one outreach and six home visits for home tutor matching on Chinese for ethnic minority children living in Tsz Wan Shan, Tai Wo Hau, Cheung Sha Wan, Sha Tin Wai areas. The primary and secondary level students studying in various Chinese and English medium schools without much support on Chinese were provided with the Chinese volunteer tutors.


Leadership Academy 領袖訓練

Two of Unison staff, Mandy and Rashmita, had been nominated and selected to join the 2019 American Express Leadership Academy in Hong Kong. This one-week leadership programme was organized by American Express and Common Purpose, which aimed to address the leadership development needs of not-for-profit sector through various means, including workshops, keynote presentations and executive coaching. 

本會兩位同事,Mandy 及 Rashmita,獲提名參與2019 美國運通領袖訓練學院。這一星期的領袖訓練活動由美國運通及Common Purpose舉辦,旨在透過不同的形式,包括工作坊,重點演講及一對一指導,就非牟利團體的領袖發展作出支援。


 Public Education 公眾教育

Unison was invited to share the difficulties in integration for ethnic minorities of Hong Kong with the Chinese University students on 6 November at the Department of Social Work.  Students were participative and we had an interesting discussion.


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

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