“Fruits of Love——Service-Learning Journey of the Laranjas”, University of Macau Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College Service-Learning Book Launching Ceremony and Exhibition was held at University Student Activity Centre recently. At the ceremony, Prof. Billy So, Vice Rector of Student Affairs gave an opening remark in recognition of the achievements made by HFPJC Service-Learning Program, and encouraged students to continue their efforts to help others in the future. Prof Mok Kai Meng, Master of Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College gave a speech later introducing the Service-Learning Program and the editing process of the new book.
HFPJC endeavours to build a living-learning community that nurtures our students to develop deeper engagement with society. Since 2014, HFPJC organizes service learning project twice a year in marginalized communities in Mainland China and provides teaching service to underprivileged or left-behind students. By far, 141 service leaders entered more than 300 classes in 8 schools in Hainan, Guizhou, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Hunan and Guangxi, and provided creative courses and online support to more than 17,000 students. To record the service-learning journey and reflections, HFPJC service leaders edited the new book “Fruits of Love——Service-Learning Journey of the Laranjas”.
The new book contains a service-learning map, detailed introduction of the program, photos and students’ reflections. HFPJC service learning team provided a wide range of courses and activities on the topics of art, culture and sports, such as “Little Inventors Project”, “Little Programmers Project”, “Little Photographers Project”, Hygiene Education, Macau Culture, English for Fun, etc.
Service learning provides many benefits to both student volunteers and local children. The creative courses provided opportunities for local students to explore their potentials, and to build up their self-confidence and motivations. In the meantime, our volunteers were given the chances to develop their collaboration, planning, leadership and lifelong learning skills through the teaching services, as well as improving their civic responsibility.
As the program facilitator, Dr. Vivian Jiang, Associate Master of Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College organized and participated most of the service-learning trips. When she mentioned the original intention to edit the book: “Our service leaders missed the students very much when they were back. It’s time to record what we had done in the past few year. And review and reflection will help us to better prepare our Service-Learning Program in the future.” As for the photos displayed at the Exhibition, Dr. Jiang found it a wonderful experience to choose the photos, which refreshed her memories of the previous Service-Learning trips by going through all the photos. “It is very difficult to just choose some from so many beautiful photos with precious memories. We hope the collection of photos to be exhibited can cover a variety of scenes, places and people. Each photo is a touching moment, and we hope the visitors to the exhibition can enjoy the wonderful moments with us.”
Mr. Liu Li Yang, a year three student majoring in Finance, had participated in the service-learning trips for three times. He wrote a theme song for HFPJC Service-Learning Program based on his experience. “We learned a lot during the voluntary teaching process, and all participants had built up profound friendship with each other. When I was writing the song, all the scenes were still vivid in my mind. The lyric express what all the service leaders want to say.”
Ms. Cheang Sin U, a year one student majoring in English Education and the President of the next College House Association, had joined other anti-poverty project before. She said that such service-learning programs are in great need in many marginalized areas of our country. “The schools we visited may have sound facilities, but the education level is quite low. I think our program is very necessary and I really want to help these children.” Through Service-Learning Program, She believes that education is such important because it has the transformative power to change the fate of those underprivileged children, and she is willing to devote herself to all the following service-learning programs if conditions allow.”