The Department of Education Studies (EDUC) held a special event on October 5, 2018 to launch a Teacher’s Manual of the “Promoting Positive Youth Development through School-University-Elderly Learning Community” Project. The project is funded by Quality Education Fund (QEF) and led by Prof. Atara Sivan (Head) and Prof. Vicky Tam (Associate Head). The event also included a workshop for secondary school principals and teachers. The Teacher’s Manual was written by the Project Team as a consolidation of successes and gains of the two-year intergenerational learning community experiences. It provides guidelines and practical suggestions on how secondary schools can run similar programmes for students in their specific school context. The workshop involved an overview on the intergenerational learning community model by the Project Team Leaders as well as sharing by the project’s participants.
The event was opened by Dr. Gordon Tsui, Chairman of HKSAR QEF Steering Committee, and Prof. Roland Chin, HKBU President and Vice Chancellor. Prof. Adrian Bailey, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, also attended the event. In his speech as the Guest of Honour, Dr. Tsui recognized the significance of the project as a school-based innovation which provides treasurable experiences to university students, secondary school students and older adults. He expressed QEF’s appreciation of the project’s contributions. Professor Chin thanked QEF for providing opportunities to conduct this significant project that created opportunities for three generations to come together and learn. Prof Sivan, the Project Leader, emphasized in her welcome remarks that the QEF project aligns beautifully with the university vision and strategies at all levels. At the university level, the project goes hand in hand with the research cluster of Creative Media/Practice; at the Faculty level, the intergenerational learning community demonstrates the significant elements of the Smart Societies niche area, namely learning, praxis and well-being. Last but not the least, the project manifests the significance of inclusive learning community which is at the core of the Department of Education Studies’ vision.
In the workshop participating principals, teachers and students shared their experiences in the two-year project. All parties found the opportunities rendered by the intergenerational learning community very helpful for promoting positive development in students. Principals and teachers conveyed their interest in pursuing partnership with the University in similar and other projects in the future. Given the success of this QEF project, the Project Team is actively seeking opportunities for expanding the model of learning community on other platforms.
Caption: (From Left to Right) Professor Roland Chin, Professor Atara Sivan, Dr. Gordon Tsui and Professor Adrian Bailey in a ceremony for launching the Teacher’s Manual.
Caption: Guests and project team leaders on the stage with representatives from secondary schools