2005-2006 Activities

#1

 

International Convergence 2005

 

Introduction
60 participants from 26 schools, 6 countries, totaling 18 cooking sessions, consulate visits, temple visits and workshop visits, 2 workshop and seminar days, numerous presentation preparation sessions, all culminating with one final spectacular banquet – International Convergence 2005 has truly been a sparkle in our Association’s calendar. 

 

International Convergence 2005 is a multicultural-experience scheme that aims to promote understanding of cultural diversity and international cooperation, given the abundance of cultures and races represented in Hong Kong.

 

This was achieved through allowing the participants to experience cultural practices of other countries. Throughout the entire scheme, the participants underwent unique cultural experiences, ranging from learning how to cook Indian Samosas to a Shabbat at the Ohel Leah Synagogue to interviews with Consuls or Consul Generals working in the Consulate Generals of six countries represented – Germany, India, Israel, South Africa, Spain and Thailand. In addition, workshops were held to educate the participants on various topics such as globalization and internationalcooperation. The scheme culminated with a closing banquet, in which the participants presented their cultural experiences and conversed with representatives from the various consulates of the countries in Hong Kong.

 

Outline of the Project

Day 1 Workshop
Date: 6th November, 2005
Time: 1400 - 1700
Venue: Lecture Hall of Diocesan Boys' School

 

Guests:

Professor Gordon Matthews, Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Mr. Tzvika Berman, United Jewish Congregation

Mr. Angel Garralda, Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Vijay Harilela, India Association

Mr. Paul Urbanski, Professor at the Hong Kong University Language Centre

Mrs. Ratana-Ubol, Professor at the Hong Kong University Language Centre

 

Time            

Prorgramme

13:45

Registration

14:00

Welcoming by President of OSA

14:05

Games for Introduction to Country

14:20

Introduction of International Convergence 2005 by Project Chairpersons

14:30

Ice Breaking Games

15:00

Speech by Prof. Gordon Matthews on Globalization and Cultural Diversity

15:30

Introduction of Ambassadors and Members of the Organizing Committee and Honorary Advisors from Guest Societies

15:45

Sharing Session with Honorary Advisors from Guest Societies Topics discussed: “Basic Facts about Country”, “Cultural Practices” and “Currents Affairs of Significant Interest in Country”

16:45

Introduction and Preparation of “Cultural Experience Week”

 

Day 2 Workshop
Date: 12th November, 2005
Time: 0900 - 1200
Venue:  Lecture Hall of Diocesan Boys' School

 

Guests:
Professor Tony Hung, Head of the Hong Kong Baptist University Language Centre
Professor Peter Preston, Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Mr. Angel Garralda, Spanish Chamber of Commerce 
Six students representing the six countries from the Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong

 

Time        

Prorgramme

09:00

Registration

09:15

Speech by Prof. Tony Hung on Language and Communicatio

09:35

Basic Language Learning Session by Mr. Angel Garralda and students from the Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong

10:00

Mass Games

11:25

Speech by Prof. Peter Preston on International Cooperation and the United Nations

11:50

Introduction and Preparation of Cultural Project Week

 

Cultural Experience Week
(7th November – 14th November)
The aim of the Cultural Experience Week was to enhance participants understanding of culture through experience and interaction with natives, rather than in an academic atmosphere. The visits proved to be immensely enjoyable and simultaneously a learning experience.  

Cultural Project Week
(14th November – 19th November)
During this Cultural Project Week, the participants prepared presentations promoting the country's culture, history and current tourist attractions. The presentations were given at the Banquet-cum-Closing Ceremony in front of guests. Some groups even managed to cook the national cuisine of their country and allowed all those attending the banquet to taste this. The week was particularly a golden opportunity for the participants to familiarize themselves with each other, and thus, everlasting friendships were formed. 

 

Closing Banquet

Date: 19th November, 2005
Time: 1900 - 2300

Venue: Oriental Ballroom, Regal Oriental Hotel Hong Kong

 

Guests:

Dr. Wing Cheng, Executive Director of CJR Education

Mr. Helmut Rausch, Deputy Consul General of Germany

Mr. Thivhilaeli Makatu, Consul for Politics of South Africa

Dr. Waramon Waruttama, Consul for Politics of Thailand

Mr. Tzvika Berman, United Jewish Congregation

Mr. Angel Garralda, Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Vijay Harilela, India Association

Mr. Paul Urbanski, Professor at the Hong Kong University Language Centre

Mrs. Ratana-Ubol, Professor at the Hong Kong University Language Centre

 

Time           

Prorgramme

19:15

Registration

19:30

The Grand Parade and The Opening Ceremony

19:45

Introduction of Honorary Advisors from Guest Societies, Sponsors, Executive Committee Members, Participant Groups, Ambassadors and Organizing Committee Members

19:55

Pronouncement of Words for Each Group by Consulate Guests

20:05

Presentation of Souvenirs

20:10

Presentation by Participant Groups

20:50

Dinner 
Lucky Draw 
Sharing by Group Ambassadors and Guests

21:50

 Video Showing

22:00

 Presentation of Certificates to Participants and Members of the Organizing  Committee

22:20

 Closing Game

22:30

 Closing Speech by Project Chairpersons

 

International Convergence has been the ultimate global experience. 

The Association would like to extend its gratitude to the following organizations which have supported International Convergence 2005 unwaveringly since its inception: 

Sponsors:

Citigroup

CJR Education Centre 

Venture Language Training Ltd.

 

Donations:

Mr. Angel Gerralda, Spanish Chamber of Commerce

 

Supporting Consulates in Hong Kong:

Mr. Frank Burbach
Consulate General 
German Consulate General in Hong Kong

 

Mr. Deepak Misra
Consul for Culture and Information
Indian Consulate General in Hong Kong  

 

Mr. Thivhilaeli Makatu
Consul for Politics
South African Consulate General in Hong Kong  

 

Mr. Camilo Vega
Consul General
Spanish Consulate General in Hong Kong  

 

Dr. Waruttama Waramon
Consul for Politics and Information 
Royal Thai Consulate General in Hong Kong 

 

Supporting Cultural Societies in Hong Kong:

Mr. Tzvika Berman
United Jewish Congregation

 

Mr. Angel Garralda
Spanish Chamber of Commerce

 

Mr. Vijay Harilela
India Association 

 

Mr. Paul Urbanski
HKU Language Centre  

 

Mrs. Kanokwal Ratana-Ubol
HKU Language Centre

 

Students from the Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong

 

Supporting Cultural Sites in Hong Kong:

Mr. Ben Fox-Schwartz
United Jewish Congregation

 

Mr. Bawa Singh Dhillon 
Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple

 

Mr. Klaus Walter
German Speaking Catholic Church in Hong Kong

 

Wat Makthumvanaram Temple

 

 

#2

 

Volunteer Training Scheme 2006

 

Introduction

The Volunteer Training Scheme will provide participants with the opportunity to contribute to the community through volunteer training and strive for personal success through the enhancement of leadership skills. The theme for Volunteer Training Scheme 2006 is "SamariLeaders of Tomorrow". In previous years, the Association has annually hosted the Volunteer Training Scheme, which focused chiefly on developing skills related to social services. However, this year we have decided to broaden the skills augmented to include leadership training skills, which we believe to be extremely important both for personal achievement and for contribution to society. The Scheme lasted from the 18th February 2006 to the 8th April 2006.

 

Theme

The theme of our project, "Samarileaders of Tomorrow" contains two key aspects.

 

"Samari" is a reference to the story of a Good Samaritan in the bible. In the story, the Good Samaritan shows his unconditional and selfless love towards those in need. We hope to be able to encourage participants to actively serve society, and foster a lifelong passion for doing so. We hope that through this project participants will gain a broadened perspective of how they can make a difference to the community. In the project, participants will take a microscopic view in providing service. There will be four key areas of service: the elderly, orphans, the deaf and the blind. For each of these fields we will be working closely with a supporting non-governmental organization (see below) that is at the forefront of the service topic. These four fields have been selected to provide participants with a novel learning experience.

 

The second aspect of the project is to allow participants to recognize their roles as future leaders of society. We hope to equip them with the skills that they will need to fulfill this responsibility. In particular, the Volunteer Training Scheme 2006 seeks to convey to participants the idea of "communication" as a fundamental part of leadership. We hope to teach participants the need to communicate both macroscopically, through interpersonal skills such as public speaking to inspire others, and microscopically, through building a strong relationship with peers.

 

 

Orientation Day

Date: Saturday, 18th February 2006

Time: 13.45 - 16.35

Venue: School Hall, Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section)

 

Time

Prorgramme

13.45 - 14.00      

Registration

14.00 - 14.30

Ice-Breaking Games

14.30 - 14.35

Welcoming by President of HKOSA

14.35 - 15.00

Opening Address by Guest of Honour

15.00 - 15.15

Introduction of VTS, PICs & Ambassadors

15.15 - 15.25

Slideshow of VTS 2005

15.25 - 16.00

Mass Game & Division of Groups

16.00 - 16.30

Sharing Session

16.35

Dismissal

 

Adventure Day (Adventure-Based Counselling)

Date: Sunday, 19th February 2006

Time: 08.00 - 19.00

Venue: Lamma Island HKFYG Campsite

 

Leadership Day

Date: Sunday, 26th February 2006

Time: 13.45 - 17.45

Venue: School Hall, Diocesan Boys' School

 

Time

Prorgramme

13.45 - 14.00     

Registration

14.00 - 14.30

Keynote Address and Q & A Session by Guest of Honour

14.30 - 15.20

Leadership Training Game: "The Quiz"

15.20 - 16.20

Leadership Training Games (Focus: Public Speaking)

16.20 - 17.20

Public Speaking Workshop by Guest Speaker

17.20 - 17.50

Sharing Session by Student Leaders

17.50 - 18.00

Group Evaluation

18:00

Dismissal

 

Volunteer Day

Date: Sunday, 5th March 2006

Time: 13.45 - 17.15

Venue: School Hall, Diocesan Boys' School

 

Time

Prorgramme

13.45 - 14.00     

Registration

14.00 - 15.00

Sharing Session on Service Areas with Guests from Supporting NGOs

15.00 - 16.00

Mass Game

16.00 - 16.30

Presentation of Guidelines for Service Projects

16.30 - 17.00

Initial Planning of Service Projects

17.00 - 17.10

Photo-Taking

17.15

Dismissal

 

Planning of Service Projects

Date: Sunday, 5th March 2006 - Friday, 17th March 2006

 

Pledge Ceremony

Date: Saturday, 18th March 2006

Time: 13.45 - 17.15

Venue: School Hall, Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section)

 

Time

Prorgramme

13.45 - 14.00     

Registration

14.00 - 14.30

Address by Guest of Honour

14.30 - 15.00

Pledge Ceremony

15.00 - 17.00

Presentation of Service Project Proposals

17.00 - 17.10

Photo-Taking

17.15

Dismissal

 

Service Projects

Date: Sunday, 19th March 2006 - Friday, 7th April 2006

Venue: Supporting NGO Service Centers

 

Closing Ceremony

Date: Saturday, 8th April 2006

Time: 13.45 - 18.00

Venue: School Hall, Diocesan Boys' School

 

Time

Prorgramme

13.45 - 14.00     

Registration

 14.00 - 14.15

 Address by Guest of Honour

 14.15 - 15.15

 1st Round of Service Report Presentations

15.15 - 15.30

Address by Guest of Honour

15.30 - 16.30

2nd Round of Service Report Presentations

16.30 - 16.40

Video & Photo Presentation of VTS 2006

16.40 - 17.00

Presentation of Certificates & Photo-Taking

17.00 - 17.20

Group Sharing & Evaluation

17.20 - 17.55

Parting Game

18.00

Dismissal

 

Guests

Ms. Doreen LEUNG

Recipient of the Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award

 

The Hon. Audrey EU Yuet-mee, SC, JP

Legislative Councilor

 

Mr. SUNG Lap-yeung

Chairman of the Chinese Speech Sub-committee of the HK Schools Music and Speech Festivals

 

Mr. Paul TANG, JP

Director of the Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

 

Ms. Linda LAI, JP

Deputy Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food (Family and Women), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

#3

 

Hong Kong Youth Summit 2006

 

The 4th annual Hong Kong Youth Summit 2006 was held between the 1st April and the 22nd April 2006. Involving 120 top students in Hong Kong, with 12 Leadership Groups, 6 Commissions and 5 days of engaging discussion and debate, the Hong Kong Youth Summit 2006 has truly been a memorable highlight in our Association's calendar.

 

The Hong Kong Youth Summit aims to allow secondary school students to raise awareness of, and exchange thoughts and views on, issues of current economic and political significance, as well as encourage students to voice their opinions and engage in debate.

Students emulated legislators representing different sectors and discussed different issues that were of significant social importance. Through a series of leadership group and commission meetings, discussion and debate, interactive and informative speeches, seminars by eminent members of the Hong Kong Government and experts in the field, interviews, surveys and field visits to the concerned sector of people in Hong Kong, students were inspired to think critically in different perspectives and put forward solutions to current problems in Hong Kong that will help shape its future. The Hong Kong Youth Summit 2006 culminated in a spectacular Final Summit and Banquet, where resolutions were further debated and voted on.

 

This year, the Youth Summit focused on the all-important future of Hong Kong and included such pressing yet controversial issues such as the environment, education and healthcare reform, tourism, social welfare and Hong Kong's position of economic importance in relation to the world. Due to keen competition abroad, participating students recognized the urgent need for Hong Kong to make the best use of her assets in order to remain competitive as well as the significant impact that the issues involved would have on Hong Kong's future.

 

Moreover, there were a number of novel aspects added to the programme of the Hong Kong Youth Summit which provided the students with a wider and more comprehensive experience. The addition of the EINNA-Ma Chau Island Crisis, the Commission Introductory Speeches, the Commission Seminars by various guests, more interactive, stimulating and exciting games, more comprehensive information and a banquet immediately following the Final Summit were examples of these.

 

The final resolutions produced will be sent to the press, the Legislative Council and respective government bureaux or departments, such as the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau, Home Affairs Bureau, Education and Manpower Bureau, Environment, Transport and Works Bureau in order to reflect the views of Hong Kong youths.

 

It is our Association's sincere hope, that through the Youth Summit, students learnt to involve themselves in society, to stand up for their beliefs and to persevere.

 

Program Outline

Orientation Day

Date: 1st April 2006 (Saturday)

Time: 13:45 - 17:30

Venue: The University of Hong Kong

 

Rundown:

Time

Programme

13:45-14:15     

Registration

14:15-14:20

Opening Ceremony &Welcoming by the President of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students' Association

14:20-14:30

Introduction of Wofoo Social Enterprises

14:30-14:50

Opening Address by Prof. TSUI Lap-Chee,Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong

14:50-15:00

Introduction of the Hong Kong Youth Summit 2006 &Organizing Committee Members by Project Chairpersons

15:00-16:20

Mass Game 1

16:20-17:30

Leadership Group Meeting 1

 

Day 1

Date: 2nd April 2006 (Sunday)

Time: 09:30 - 17:30

Venue: The University of Hong Kong

 

Rundown:

Time

Programme

09:30-10:00

Registration

10:00-10:25

Formal Opening Ceremony &Introduction of the System of Hong Kong Youth Summit by Project Chairpersons

10:25-11:40      

Address on the Future of Hong Kong by the Hon. Prof. CHEUNG Bing-leung, BBS, JP,Executive Councilor, Director of SynergyNet

11:40-12:10

Introduction of Commissions by Commission Leaders 1

12:10-13:00

Lunch

13:00-13:30

Commission Seminar (Environment) by Mr. Roy TANG, Deputy Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works

13:30-13:45

Introduction of Commissions by Commission Leaders 2

13:45-14:15

Introduction of Position of Leadership Groups by Faculty Advisors

14:15-15:00

Commission Meeting 1

15:00-15:40

Commission Seminar (Commerce) by Prof. HO Lok-sang, President of the Hong Kong Economic Association

15:40-16:30

Commission Meeting 2

16:30-17:30

Leadership Group Meeting 2

 

Day 2

Date: 8th April 2006 (Saturday)

Time: 09:15 - 17:45

Venue: The University of Hong Kong

 

Rundown:

Time

Programme

09:15-09:45

Registration

09:45-10:30

Leadership Group Meeting 3

10:30-11:00

Commission Seminar (Social Welfare) by Dr. The Hon. YEUNG Sum, Legislative Councilor

11:00-12:15

Commission Meeting 3

12:15-13:10       

Commission Seminar (Education) by The Hon. Fanny LAW Fan Chiu-fun, JP, Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower

13:10-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:15

Mass Game 2

15:15-15:45

Commission Seminar (Tourism) by Ms. Kinnie WONG, Assistant Commissioner for Tourism

15:45-17:15

Commission Meeting 4

17:15-17:45

Leadership Group Meeting 4

 

Day 3

Date: 15th April 2006 (Saturday)

Time: 09:15 - 18:00

Venue: The University of Hong Kong

 

Rundown:

Time

Programme

09:15-09:30

Registration

09:30-10:30

Leadership Group Meeting 5

10:30-11:00

Commission Seminar (Health Measures) by Dr. CHU Kin-wah, Vice President of the Hong Kong Medical Association

11:00-12:15

Commission Meeting 5

12:15-13:15

Lunch

13:15-13:30

Disaster Newsflash

13:30-15:30

Mass Game 3

15:30-15:55

Disaster Newsflash & Briefing on 'On the Brink of Disaster'

15:55-16:40        

Seminar on Public Speaking and Communication by Ms. Emily MOK Fung-yee, JP, President of the Outstanding Young Persons' Association

16:40-17:15

Disaster Forum and Alignment Building

17:15-18:00

Commission Meeting 6

 

Hong Kong Youth Summit Proper

Date: 22nd April 2006

Time: 09:30 - 19:00

Venue: The University of Hong Kong

 

Rundown:

Time

Programme

09:30-10:00       

Registration

10:00-10:20

Photo-taking

10:20-10:30

Briefing of Hong Kong Youth Summit by Project Chairpersons

10:30-13:00

The Hong Kong Youth Summit Proper 1

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:00

Keynote Address by The Hon. Martin LEE Chu-ming, SC, JP, Legislative Councilor

15:00-18:10

The Hong Kong Youth Summit Proper 2

18:10-18:25

Closing Address byMr. Joseph LEE Chung-tak, BBS, JP, Chairman of Wofoo Social Enterprises

18:20-18:45

Presentation of Certificates

18:45-19:00

Conclusion by Project Chairpersons

 

Interviews

These were held in order to enhance participants' ability to argue from their given viewpoints. Students were given a chance to interview eminent specialists in given fields and ask their opinions on issues that were discussed at the summit.

 

Education

Date: Monday 3rd April 2006

Interviewee: Mr. AU Pak-kuen

Vice President of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union

 

Commerce

Date: Tuesday 9th May 2006 (Interview postponed due to interviewee unavailability)

Interviewee: Mr. Paul YIN Tek-shing, BBS

Former National President of the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong

 

Health

Date: Monday 3rd April 2006

Interviewee: Dr. The Hon. Joseph LEE Kok-long

Legislative Councilor and Representative of Health Services

 

Media

Date: Friday 7th April 2006

Interviewee: Mr. TAM Chi-keung

Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association

 

Environment

Date: Friday 7th April 2006

Interviewee: Ms. Linda HO

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Green Council

 

Social Welfare

Date: Friday 7th April 2006

Interviewee: Dr. The Hon. Fernando CHEUNG Chiu-hung

Legislative Councilor and Representative of Social Welfare

 

Labour

Date: Tuesday 4th April 2006

Interviewee: Mr. CHENG Yiu-tung

Executive Councilor and Chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions

 

Foreign Investors

Date: Monday 3rd April 2006

Interviewee: Mr. Stephen MARCOPOTO

Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce

 

Arts & Culture

Date: Monday 10th April 2006

Interviewee: Mr. Jonathan YU

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council

 

Government

Date: Tuesday 11th April 2006

Interviewee: Mr. Andrew WONG Ho-yuen, JP

Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service

 

We would also like to extend our gratitude to our chief sponsor, Wofoo Social Enterprises ("WSE"). WSE is a not-for-profit entity that advocates and exemplifies the entrepreneurial approach to delivering quality social services through mobilising social capital. WSE strives with its partners to attain the goal of "Harmony amongst people to Build Prosperity of our Home and Country" by effective use of resources and network support. 

Last but not least, we would also like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their unwavering support to the Hong Kong Youth Summit 2006:

 

Sponsors

The University of Hong Kong

Venue Sponsor

 

Mr. George LUNG Chee-ming

Banquet Visual Equipment Sponsor

#4

 

Interflow Camp 2006

 

Introduction 

The Interflow Camp has always been a memorable sparkle in the Association's calendar and it receives tremendous support and attention from the educational sector every year. This year, it is scheduled as one of our largest annual projects. The camp provides a valuable opportunity for secondary school students to interact and learn outside the classroom and share their views and experiences on teen vision. Our aim is to broaden students' perspective of how they can make a difference in the world through various interactive and educational seminars, games and activities.

 

This year, the Camp aims to expand on the very core fundamentals of the upcoming generation. These include social participation and commitment, which we believe are the very essence of personal development and imperative for the future success of teenagers.

 

Theme

The main theme of this year's Interflow Camp is 'Age of Infinity'. As a student organization, the HKOSA is always keen on developing talents in teenagers who will be serving the community as future leaders. As we all know, no one is born to be a charismatic leader. However, we believe that every teenager has unlimited potentials and inner qualities. Our goal is to help them develop their talents. After understanding more about themselves, teenagers would be encouraged to soar beyond and think globally with their unlimited enthusiasm, spirit and confidence. Through the Interflow Camp, we expect our participants to acquire a broader vision, learn from the long history of mankind, reflect and adopt the good qualities present in each era to the present world and to the future. While stimulating their creativity, we also aim to develop their management skills which are crucial for their future pursuit. They should learn to take a more pro-active role in global issues, understand the world and thus be well equipped to reach for their dreams.