C-for-Chinese@JC Conference 2022
C-for-Chinese@JC Conference 2022
The C-for-Chinese@JC Conference 2022 was held on 29 November 2022 at Jockey Club Auditorium, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with the theme of "Embrace Cultural Diversity to Support Young Learners at School, Home, and Community". The conference brought together home, school, and community stakeholders to connect, discuss and enhance the learning of both non-Chinese speaking (NCS) and Chinese-speaking students at an early age. The event was held in hybrid format and attracted more than 200 participants with enthusiastic support.
Welcoming Remarks and Opening Speech
Dr. Gabriel Leung, Executive Director, Charities and Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, delivers welcoming remarks
Dr. Yuk-lin Choi, Secretary for Education, Education Bureau, gives opening speech virtually
Gimmick Ceremony and Guests Group Photo
Dr. York Chow, Chairman of the Advisory Committee, C-for-Chinese@JC (left), Dr. Gabriel Leung (centre), and Mr. Vijay Harilela, President of the India Association Hong Kong (right), host the gimmick ceremony
Group photo of Dr. Rizwan Ullah, Vice Principal of Law Ting Pong Secondary School (1st left), Mr. Kenneth Wu, Head of Education Division, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (2nd left), Dr. Ferrick Chu, Director of Policy, Research and Training, Equal Opportunities Commission (2nd right), Dr. Sanly Kam Member of Commission on Children (1st right) and the three officiating guests
Group photo of Dr. Sau-yan Hui, Lecturer of Academic Unit of Teacher Education and Learning Leadership, The University of Hong Kong (1st left), Mr. Benson NG Yuk-ming, Director of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Lady MacLehose Centre (2nd left), Ms. Yvonne Chak, Director of Hong Kong Christian Service (3rd left), Prof. Kevin Chung, Chair Professor of Child Development and Special Education; Director, Centre for Child and Family Science, The Education University of Hong Kong (3rd right), Prof. Shui-duen Chan, Research Professor of Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2nd right), Prof. Shek-kam Tse, Former Associate Dean of Faculty of Education and Former Centre Director of Centre for Advancement of Chinese Language Education and Research, The University of Hong Kong (1st right) and the three officiating guests
Group photo of Dr. York Chow (1st left), Prof. Li Ping, Dean of Faculty of Humanities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2nd left), Mr. Ricky Chu, Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Commission (2nd right), and Dr. Gabriel Leung (1st right)
C-for-Chinese@JC Project Achievement Sharing and Phase II Introduction
Since its launch in 2016, the C-for-Chinese@JC project has adopted a "home-school-community" collaborative and evidence-based model to foster a culturally responsive and pleasurable learning environment to enhance the Chinese proficiency of NCS ethnic minority (EM) kindergarten students. The Project is now in its second phase and aims to expand its support for kindergartens.
The Project representatives and graduate of the Multicultural Teaching Assistant training programme were invited to share achievements, as well as future development of the Project.
Ms. Sarika Choy
Ms. Bibi Tayiba, Intern Teacher, Lock Tao Christian Kindergarten
Prof. Shek-kam Tse, Former Professor, Division of Chinese Language and Literature, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
Prof. Shui-duen Chan, Research Professor, Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversitySession Replay
Ms. Sarika Choy (1st left), Ms. Bibi Tayiba (2nd left), Prof. Shek-kam Tse (2nd right) and Prof. Shui-duen Chan (1st right)
Thematic Panel: School-Family-Community Partnership: Supporting Cultural Diversity and Learner Diversity
Hong Kong has long been a metropolis where East meets West. It is also home to many ethnic minorities who have been living here for generations and contributing to Hong Kong's economic and social development.
The panel provided a platform for stakeholders from various fields including education, family, social services, to share stories and success factors, as well as offer their insights on promoting cultural diversity and inclusiveness in schools and communities.
Dr. York Chow, Chairman of Advisory Committee, C-for-Chinese@JC
Mr. Ricky Chu, Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Commission
Ms. Karrie Chan, Deputy Director (Elderly, Rehabilitation, Community), Hong Kong Christian Service
Dr. John Wing-ling Tse, Executive Director, Hong Kong Unison
Dr. Rizwan Ullah, Vice Principal, Law Ting Pong Secondary School
Dr. York Chow (1st left), Mr. Ricky Chu (2nd left), Ms. Karrie Chan (centre), Dr. John Wing-ling Tse (2nd right), Dr. Rizwan Ullah (1st right)
Keynote Speech: Achieving Educational Equity: Role of Culturally Responsive Education in Improving Student Achievement and Outcomes
Many societies have experienced dramatic demographic transitions as a result of global population movements. This session offered an examination of how culturally responsive education can achieve educational equality in a racially diverse environment. Speakers also discussed on ways to embed and sustain culturally responsive approaches in everyday teaching and learning.
Prof. Ann E Lopez, Professor, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Sau-yan Hui, Lecturer, Academic Unit of Teacher Education and Learning Leadership, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Tikky To-Chan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Centre for Child and Family Science, The Education University of Hong Kong
Dr. Sau-yan Hui (left) and Dr. Tikky To-Chan (right)
Thematic Session I: The Chinese Language Learning Experience of Ethnic Minority Children
Chinese proficiency affects educational and employment opportunities of EMs. A panel of speakers shared the language learning experiences of EM children, giving us insights into how local educators, social workers, and parents help EM children get a better start in their Chinese learning path.
Prof. Shui-duen Chan, Research Professor, Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Ms. Miu-ling Mak, Principal, The Salvation Army Chan Kwan Tung Kindergarten
Ms. Wai-kwan Leung, Principal, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong Nam Cheong Kindergarten
Ms. Hazel Chau, Social Service Team Leader of C-for-Chinese@JC, HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre
Ms Javariya Mohammad, Multicultural Teaching Assistant
Prof. Shui-duen Chan (1st left), Ms. Miu-ling Mak (2nd left), Ms. Wai-kwan Leung (centre), Ms. Hazel Chau (2nd right), Ms. Javariya Mohammad (1st right)
Thematic Session II: Reconsidering the Role of “Early Childhood Educator” in a Culturally Diverse Society
Evidence proves that the collaborative model of home, community, and school effectively supports the learning of an ethnically diverse group of learners. Educators and social workers have also begun working with families and communities to create a culturally responsive learning environment for children from diverse cultural backgrounds, further opening students’ new education and career paths in the long run.
In this session, early childhood educators reimagined ways to help NCS children unleash their potential and pursue their dreams to build the future of a multicultural society.
Mr. Vivek Mahbubani, Bilingual stand-up comedian
Ms. Himeshika Samaradivakara, primary school teacher
Mr. Singh Taranvir, recent university graduate
Dr. Arfeen Bibi, English Panel Head, Secondary School
Ms. Angie Chan, Chief Officer, Family & Community Service of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service
Prof. Kevin Chung, Chair Professor of Child Development and Special Education and Director of the Centre for Child and Family Science, The Education University of Hong Kong
Mr. Vivek Mahbubani (left), Ms. Himeshika Samaradivakara (centre) and Mr. Singh Taranvir (right)