Unison Newsletter Issue #90

Unison Scholarship Schemes (2019-20)
融樂會少數族裔獎學金 (2019-20)

With the generous support of donors, Hong Kong Unison is pleased to announce the 2019/20 Tertiary Education Scholarship Schemes for Ethnic Minority Students. Unison has administered the scholarship schemes since 2008 and benefitted over 100 post-secondary students. Ethnic minority residents who have sat for DSE examinations are welcome to apply. Please make sure to read the Application Guidelines carefully before you fill in your application.


Chinese Performance Scholarship 少數族裔中文表現獎>> 
Tertiary Education Scholarship 少數族裔專上教育獎學金>> 

July 1st rally 七一遊行 

On July 1st, Hong Kong Unison and local ethnic minorities voiced out our issues and marched to exercise our rights as Hongkongers for a democratic Hong Kong. We urged the government to rectify the flaws in the Race Discrimination Ordinance, improve the Chinese language policy for ethnic minority children, as well as setting up policy to eliminate the de facto racial segregation in public sector schools in Hong Kong.


Research findings on “Ethnic minority parents' opinions on existing support measures in the Kindergarten Education Scheme”

Hong Kong Unison, together with Legislative Councilors Hon. Claudia Mo and Hon. Au Nok Hin, held a press conference on 6th June to release the findings of “Ethnic minority parents' opinions on existing support measures in the Kindergarten Education Scheme”. The research revealed that the Kindergarten Education Scheme does not necessarily help build the Chinese language foundation for ethnic minority children due to the racially segregated environment at schools and the low level of Chinese taught to the children. Many ethnic minority parents are not confident to send their children to mainstream primary schools even after they graduate from local kindergartens. We urged the government to take an active role in monitoring kindergarten admission procedures and kindergartens’ compliance to Education Bureau guidelines, as well as data collection on NCS applications and enrolment. “Teaching and learning of NCS students” should be included (added) in Quality Review to ensure a non-segregated Chinese language environment in kindergartens, and that ethnic minority children are taught the same level of Chinese regardless of their ethnic background.


Meeting with Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission

Hong Kong Unison’s Vice-Chair Ms. Puja Kapai, Executive Director Ms. Phyllis Cheung, and Project Manager Ms. Mandy Cheuk met with the new Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission Mr. Ricky Chu on 19th June to discuss about amending the Race Discrimination Ordinance, in particular making it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of race during government’s performance of functions and exercise of powers. We also discussed about the de facto racial segregation situation in public sector schools, the inadequate support on Chinese learning for ethnic minority children, and racist hate speech.


Focus Groups on Policy Address 施政報告關注組

Six Unison's scholarship awardees formed the Policy Address Committee (PAC) to facilitate different group meetings and gather their concerns and views for the 2019 Policy Address. 3 focus groups – university youths, ethnic minority teachers and ethnic minority NGO staff were held in June. PAC members will compile the views and send as submissions to the government. 

六位香港融樂會獎學金計劃得獎者組成了施政報告委員會,負責促進不同群體的交流以及收集他們的意見。在六月期間, 委員會進行了三次小組,分別收集了大學生、少數族裔教師及於非政府組織工作的少數族裔同工的意見,並將會於整理後提交至政府的施政報告公眾諮詢意見書中。


Primary One Allocation Outreach 協助小一派位

On 1st June, Hong Kong Unison conducted outreach during POA (Primary One Allocation) result day in Kwun Tong. We approached many ethnic minority parents and found the majority of them were allocated to their top three choices of school which happen to be former designated schools. We also provided information and explained “knocking door process” for those parents who wanted to change the assigned school. 



Tell-A-Tale 童你說故事

Story-telling is proven to be one of the best ways to develop language capacity. Our Executive Director, Ms. Phyllis Cheung, was honored to be a member of the jury for the inaugural “Tell-A-Tale" Children's Storytelling Competition on June 1 held at Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, organized by Teacup Productions. Primary school children, regardless of their ethnicities and mother tongues came together to show case their public speaking and story-telling skills in Cantonese, English, and Putonghua.

「講故事」是一個行之有效,能促進語言發展的方式。總幹事張鳳美女士有幸成為由Teacup Productions在六月一日舉行的「童你說故事」比賽的其中一名評審。小學生不論國籍、種族以及母語都能夠在當下展現自己以英語、普通話及廣東話說故事技巧以及公眾演講的才能。  

SWD Seminar on Service for Ethnic Minority 「非華語青少年服務集思會」

On 21st June, Hong Kong Unison was invited by the Tuen Mun Local Committee on Services for Young People of the Social Welfare Department to participate in the Seminar on the Service for Non-Chinese speaking Youth. We conducted a sharing to social workers, teachers and frontline staff who work with the youth, on issues ethnic minority youth face in Hong Kong, especially on education, Chinese learning, career development, and how relevant policies can better support them.


Talk on supporting NCS tertiary students 支援非華語專上學生工作坊

On 26th June, Hong Kong Unison was invited to conduct a workshop on supporting non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students organized by the Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education to the teaching staff in tertiary institutions. We shared the education situation of ethnic minority students, how it affects the career and further education pathway of the students, and ways to provide support accordingly. Two local ethnic minority university students also shared their education and integration experience in the local society. 



Parents talk 家長講座

On 14th June, Hong Kong Unison hold a Parents talk at Po On Commercial Wan Ho Kan Primary School, Tung Chung on Parenting skills. Ethnic minority parents were very interested on the topic and were engaged in the interactive session. Parents benefitted from the overall talk.


Parents Gathering 家長聚會

On 12th June, Hong Kong Unison held a Parents Gathering for ethnic minority parents. Parents were keen to know about selection of primary and secondary schools. The group had a discussion and sharing session where parents talked about their children’s current education situation at different schools and their concerns and difficulties on their children’s Chinese learning. 


Welcome to Unison Intern 歡迎實習生 

We have five summer interns form HKU, CU and Poly U. They come from different programmes – Law, Sociology and Social Policy and Administration. They joined Unison in outreach, rally, meetings, press conference, and engaged in research and translation work, etc. 


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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