Author: Fortuno Hong

With the aim of providing voluntary services at rural areas in China, Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College (HFPJC) and Honor Collage (HC) of University of Macau co-organized a service-learning program in Lingshui County of Hainan Province from 19 to 26 December 2018. Led by HFPJC Associate Master Dr. Vivian Jiang, Residential Fellow Dr. Andrew Lao, and HC administrative staff Ms. Eunice Cheang, 21 students (12 from HFPJC and 9 from HC) taught courses such as English for Fun, English Speech, Macau & UM, Sharing on Learning Experiences, Little Inventor workshops, Little Programmer workshops, Marshmallow Challenges, and DIY workshops for students at Lingshui Siyuan Experimental Junior Secondary School. The delegation motivated students through interesting learning and provided them with information on Macao culture. Macau students also visited local students’ families and village of ethnic minorities to know more about the socio-economic development of local society.

To provide better service for the local students, the preparation started two months prior the trip and several meetings of briefing and drilling were held. The students overcame the unexpected troubles and accomplished various tasks during the 8-day service period. The distance between hotel and campus is about 1km. As the result, all members had to get up very early in the morning, walk on foot to the campus and back under the blazing sunshine at noon through the low-latitude area. However, when we were received by extremely friendly and hospital teachers and students at the end of our journey it suffices to make all the hardship worthwhile. UM students have made good friendships with the locals, even during the short period of time. When we were leaving, they were very unwilling to say goodbye.

“To be honest, as I major in education, I thought the service learning program is just for enhancing my teaching skills and my career, at the beginning.” Cheryl Cheang form FED and HFPJC said, “However, from the voluntary teaching experience, I have recognized that education not only can be used to improve our society and country but also influence the student’s life locus fundamentally. Now, my dream is to become an impactful teacher who can also bring the exhilaration to my students.”

With the support from Hong Kong Yan Ai Foundation, HFPJC started service-learning programs for Si Yuan Schools in marginalized communities in Mainland China since 2014. Up to date, this program has served many Si Yuan Schools in various parts of China and has provided diverse creative courses to help the kids to discover their talent in art and creativity and build up their confidence. This is the first time that the HFPJC and HC collaboratively held the service learning program, which was completed successfully.

 

2018年12月19日至26日,澳門大學霍英東珍禧書院與榮譽學院組織了21位院生,在書院副院長蔣怡博士、書院導師劉振釗博士和榮譽學院職員鄭曉樺女士的帶領下,前往海南省三亞市陵水黎族自治縣進行了爲期八天的服務學習和文化交流活動。此次服務學習項目的主要内容是在陵水思源實驗初級中學教授澳門文化、趣味英文、英文演講、小小發明家和小小程序員等創意課程;同學們還深入當地鄉村進行家訪,並前往少數民族村寨了解當地特色文化和歷史。

爲了更好地給當地學生提供個性化教育服務,服務領袖們在出發前兩個月就開始了準備和訓練,并召開了多次培訓與試講會議。在爲期一周的服務學習過程中,同學們積極克服各種困難,完成各種挑戰和任務。住所距離學校有大約一公里的距離,每日都需早起步行前往,中午則需忍受著低緯度的烈日往返。當地老師和同學都相當熱情,短短幾天與澳大學生結下了深厚的友誼,大家在臨走時都依依不捨。

“老實說,對於教育專業的我來講,一開始去義教只想增加自己的教學經驗,對我將來工作有好處,並沒有考慮可以帶給學生什麽。”來自教育學院的鄭蒨茹說,“但是,經過這次義教讓我重新認識到了我讀教育的意義,教育除了可以建設社會、國家之外,教育對每一個學生都有巨大的影響,因爲教育可以改變一個人的一生。我現在的願望就是成爲一個可以影響學生的人生並且讓學生感到快樂的老師!”

霍英東珍禧書院自2014年6月開始,與香港言愛基金合作,到內地思源學校舉辦服務學習項目,為偏遠地區的留守及貧困家庭學生提供義教服務。迄今為止,珍禧書院的學生服務領袖踏足海南、貴州、江西、雲南、湖南、廣西,為多所思源學校的中小學生提供了種創意課程,幫助當地學童發展創意思維并建立自信心。本次是霍英東珍禧書院與榮譽學院第一次聯合舉辦服務學習項目,並且圓滿完成。