The fruit of love was finally harvested! HFPJC Service-Learning Book was Launched

“愛的果實”終於長出!珍禧書院服務學習新書出版

“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.”

近日,澳門大學霍英東珍禧書院(簡稱珍禧書院)“愛的果實-橘子們陽光服務學習之旅〞服務學習項目成果展覽暨新書發佈會于大學學生活動中心舉行。發佈會上,澳門大學學生事務副校長蘇基朗教授致開幕詞肯定書院服務學習所取得的成果,並給予了鼓勵與展望。珍禧書院院長莫啟明教授隨後亦致辭歡迎各位嘉賓的到來,並對服務學習項目做了階段性的總結,介紹了新書與服務學習的具體內容。

珍禧書院一直致力建設一個集生活與學習為一體的書院社區,鼓勵學生更多參與社會事務。自2014年開始,珍禧書院每學期到中國內地思源學校舉辦服務學習活動,為偏遠地區的留守貧困兒童提供義教服務。迄今為止,141位珍禧義工踏足海南、貴州、江西、雲南、廣西、湖南,走進8所學校300多個班級,為17,000多位中小學生提供了各種創意教育服務。為紀錄珍禧服務學習內地支教項目的歷程,珍禧服務學習團隊精心製作出版了圖冊“愛的果實-橘子們陽光服務學習之旅〞。

新書不僅介紹了珍禧書院服務學習項目在全國的足跡地圖,而且詳細記錄了每一次義教的課程活動及圖片,以及參加學生與受教學生的感想。珍禧書院同學為義教學校提供的創意學習活動多種多樣,涵蓋文化體育藝術等多方面,其中有“小小發明家”、“小小程序員”、“小小攝影師”、衛生環保課、澳門文化課、趣味英文課等多種課程。服務學習計畫不僅僅是“一方給予,一方接受”,而是多方受益。當地學童有機會通過啟發性的創意活動,增加自信,並提升他們學習的興趣和動力;而書院學生也在義教過程中,學以致用,培養了領袖才能和溝通協作技巧,增強了個人的社會責任感。

作為服務學習的帶領人,珍禧書院副院長蔣怡博士組織參加了多次服務學習項目。她在談到出版這本書的心得時說:“其實我們學生每一次去義教回來都會很想念那邊的學生,一回首才發現原來已經去過那麼多地方,我們也是時候做一個回顧和反思,希望為之後的義教做更好的準備。”對於新書發佈會上展覽的義教照片,她感慨選照片是一件特別美好的事情,看著這些照片就好像重新走一次當年義教的路。“選照片同時也是一件痛苦的事情,因為美好的、有意義的、有回憶的、有情感的照片實在太多了。我們選照片的時候希望可以兼顧不同地點、不同課程、不同人物。每張照片都是一個感動的時刻,我們希望可以記錄下這些美好的瞬間,回憶當時的感受。”

金融系大三學生劉李洋已經參加了江西、湖南和廣西三次服務學習項目,同時也是珍禧服務學習主題曲的製作人。“我們在教小朋友的同時自己也學到了很多東西。一起去義教的同學通過這些歷程成為了很好的朋友,建立起很深厚的感情。我寫這首歌的時候,所有過往的事情都歷歷在目。歌詞雖然是我寫的,但是所有參加過義教的人想說的話。”歌名“如果重來的話”的意義,劉李洋的解釋是:同學通過服務學習可以重返以前的校園,如果有機會重來的話,是否可以做多一些改變。

英文教育大一學生鄭倩茹作為下一屆書院院生會主席,亦積極參與服務學習項目。之前有過扶貧經驗的她表示國內很多地方其實都非常需要這種服務學習的活動。“我們去的學校雖然外表裝修很好看,但學生的教育水準始終很低。所以我認為我們的項目是非常有必要的,我也很想去幫助這些學生。”經過義教,鄭倩茹認為教育是人生十分重要的一環,因為可以改變學生的未來。“如果沒有意外,我應該都會參加接下來的服務學習活動。”