Unison Newsletter Issue #106
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Awardees' Day Camp

Finalllyyy!! After rescheduling a few times due to the pandemic, Hong Kong Unison held the Scholarship Awardees’ Day Camp on 6 April!!

Awardees met up at a farming collective in Yuen Long to learn about organic farming and permaculture; they even had the opportunity to make their own vegetarian pizzas from scratch! The objective of the Day Camp is to enhance team-building and leadership skills of the awardees. Through the interactive fun games, they become aware of the importance of effective communications. 



Project Management Training for Community Project Leads

On 18 April, Hong Kong Unison held a project management training for the winners of the 2021 Community Project Competition. In this three hour marathon-training, we covered almost every aspect of managing a project: planning, executing, M&E, budgeting, media interview, time management…etc. Hope to see our project leads make good use of the skills they learnt!


Meeting with Census and Statistics Department

On 20 April Hong Kong Unison met with the Census and Statistics government officials. It was a fruitful exchange and the officials sought our advice on how to raise the awareness on the 2021 Census among ethnic minority communities. We also suggested the department to modify the definitions of some current fields and add few new fields to the Census questionnaire. 


Forum on Respect in Social Media Communication

Hong Kong Unison was invited by We Think Digital Hong Kong to a Facebook live session on 22 April to talk about “Respect in Social Media Communications”. Our Executive Director, Phyllis Cheung spoke about the need to enhance cultural sensitivity, and our Vice-Chair, Jeffrey Andrews mentioned the importance of cultural intelligence. Although everyone is entitled to freedom of speech, all speakers agree communication rules on social media are necessary. Please watch the Facebook live at:

融樂會應 Facebook 的 We Think Digital 計劃邀請,擔任其四月二十二日網上直播節目「無害語言守則」的嘉賓主持。本會總幹事張鳳美女士在節目中談到香港的文化敏感度有待加強;而副主席安德里先生則提到文化智商 (cultural intelligence) 的重要性。在席嘉賓一致同意,雖然人人皆享言論自由,在社交媒體上仍然應有溝通守則。


Career Exploration Workshop

On 15 April Hong Kong Unison conducted a career exploration workshop for Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo No. 2 College). The talk introduced possible career pathways for students and guided them on a self-exploration activity to enhance understanding of themselves and their motivations. 

在四月十五日,融樂會為地利亞修女紀念學校(協和二中) 舉行了一場職業探索講座,為同學講解他們在職業上的可行路徑,和透過活動協助同學進一步了解自己。

Parents Talk

On 10 April Hong Kong Unison delivered a talk to ethnic minority parents and students of Lions College. The topic was "Importance of Learning Chinese and Support for Parents". The objective of the talk is for parents and students to understand how Chinese proficiency can affect career choice in Hong Kong context. We also shared useful resources and tips on effective communication with school. The talk was conducted virtually and the students, parents and teachers found the talk useful.  


Training at Red Cross

On 14 April Hong Kong Unison and a Unison Scholarship Awardee conducted a cultural sensitivity training for the staff of Hong Kong Red Cross. We talked about how unconscious bias and lack of cultural competence can lead to stigma on ethnic minorities and unnecessary exclusion. We also shared how to become inclusive in our work.


Secondary School Admission - School Choice

Hong Kong Unison received inquiries from ethnic minority parents that are choosing secondary school for their children. The central allocation (CA) stage of Secondary School Places Allocation System (SSPA) is from mid-April to Early May and the results of admission will be released on 6 July. The parents find it difficult to choose schools as due to the systemic problems in education system their children have low Chinese proficiency. Parents hesitate to apply for mainstream Chinese schools and are forced to choose former designated English medium schools.  


Book Donation

Thanks to the generous donation from our donor, Hong Kong Unison received more than 300 pre-owned Chinese children’s books in April. We will distribute the books to the families who join Unison programs. We hope these books will  “spark” of their interests in learning Chinese!


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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