HKBU collaborates with WKF Charity and Education Foundation to hold Project MAIL in which local, mainland and international students and alumni team up to contribute voluntary social services in Jiangxi Province.


浸大與王錦輝基金會合辦「信暖工程」,集合本地、內地、國際學生及校友到江西省進行義工服務

The MAIL volunteers provide teaching services to the Qing Long Chi Jiang and Huang Lung Ling Tan primary schools in the province’s Dayu County


「信暖工程」服務團到江西省大餘縣青龍赤江小學、黃龍靈潭小學義教和服務

Children welcome Joshua Claassens wherever he goes


來自美國的Joshua Claassen所到之處都受到小朋友歡迎

Date: 19 Jun 2017 (Monday)

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HKBU collaborates with WKF Charity and Education Foundation to launch Project MAIL to broaden students’ vision by service learning

浸大與王錦輝基金會首次合辦信暖工程 服務學習拓闊學生視野

HKBU collaborated with WKF Charity and Education Foundation to hold the inaugural Project MAIL in which local (L), mainland (M) and international students (I), and alumni (A) formed a volunteer group to take part in teaching, exchanges of views and visits to social service organisations in Jiangxi Province. The project’s objective is to broaden students’ vision, to nurture a positive attitude in them by planning and implementing social service projects, and to learn from the experience of their alumni team members. 
 
From 20 May to 2 June, members of this student-driven social service learning project provided voluntary teaching services to Qing Long Chi Jiang primary school and Huang Lung Ling Tan primary school in the province’s Dayu County. They also visited lonely elders and children whose parents live elsewhere, and exchanged views with teachers and students at GanNan Normal University. In the coming three years, HKBU students will visit Dayu County twice a year, in May and December, to continue providing voluntary services there.
 
Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) Dr Albert Chau expressed his sincerely gratitude to WKF Charity and Education Foundation for their suport. He said that HKBU is dedicated to providing service learning opportunities to students so that they can gain knowledge outside the campus and serve society. HKBU not only hopes that students will practise what they learn in their lessons, but more importantly that they are enabled to think more about social issues, such as fairness, justice and building empathy with different communities. In addition, in the process of planning, implementing and participating in these projects, students can build up their team spirit, shoulder more responsibilities and become global citizens with professional knowledge and a willingness to serve.
 
The convener of Project MAIL and Associate Director of School of Chinese Medicine’s Teaching and Research Division Dr Kevin Yue said that by gathering together local, mainland and international students and alumni to organise this social service project, the University demonstrates its determination and capability to promote service learning. From this project, including the planning and implementing of all activities, the University hopes students can learn how to manage a project, carefully consider the actual needs of the different communities and provide sustainable, suitable services to them.
 
Dr Yue added that after this pilot trip, the University will consider optimising the Project, such as by expanding the scope of the services, increasing the ratio of non-local students (including international students) and providing social services to other provinces and counties.  
 
Mr Tyrone Siu, an Ex-officio Member of the HKBU Alumni Association Management Committee, also joined the service trip. He was deeply impressed by the HKBU students for their ability to plan and organise most of the activities in the trip and their adjustment of details in a timely fashion in the face of changing circumstance. The students also demonstrated their genuine passion in the trip. As an alumnus, he hopes to continue sharing his experience with students and to encourage them to always do their best.
 
Rachel Chuang (Sociology, Year 3) and Jacky Poon (Biotechnology, Year 2) said that the most memorable experience for them on of this trip was seeing children burst into tears at the farewell session.  In addition, the Project gave them a deeper understanding of Mainland China and insights into how to serve society. 
 
Jacky said some of children they taught were left by parents in their hometown, had special education needs or lacked self-esteem because of insufficient parental care.  After one day of observation, his team adjusted their teaching to have a more beneficial impact, with less of an academic focus and instead inspiring the children to dream and think about their futures.
 
Rachel added that before they came to Jiangxi, they had an exchange visit in Dongguan where they received lots of useful advice. This included using nicknames to build up a friendly image for the children, and tips on how to manage order in the classroom so that children can learn in a relaxed and efficient atmosphere.  During the trip, they drew community maps for two primary schools which indicated those facilities that could be improved, including poor playing areas and unclear emergency exit signs. They hope to follow up on these issues in future.
 
The children of Dayu County had never met foreigners before, so they fought to hold the hands of Joshua Claassens, an HKBU exchange student from the US, and Timothy Berrow from the UK.
 
Joshua said the trip was a valuable experience for him as he and his teammates, though with very different backgrounds, complemented each other, got along well and worked together to achieve the same goals. From this trip, Joshua found that education in the area is mostly one-way, making it difficult to nurture children’s creativity. Therefore, as well as serving the children, he wants to inspire teachers to change their methods. He promised to go back to Dayu County after his graduation.

浸大與王錦輝基金會今年首次合辦「信暖工程」服務學習項目,集合本地、內地、國際學生及校友,組成義工服務團到江西省進行義教、交流及探訪社福機構等活動,旨在透過社會服務的籌劃、實踐,以及校友經驗的傳承,拓闊學生視野、培育正面價值觀。
 
「信暖工程」服務團由學生主導,在5月20日至6月2日期間,到江西省大餘縣青龍赤江小學、黃龍靈潭小學義教和服務,並探訪留守兒童和孤寡老人、與贛南師範大學師生交流等。未來三年,浸大學生將會在5月及12月,每年兩次到當地服務,作持續的交流及支援。
 
副校長(教與學)周偉立博士衷心感謝王錦輝基金會的大力支持。他表示,浸大積極提供不同的服務學習機會,讓同學可以走出校園、服務社會。大學不但希望同學可以通過社會服務實踐所學,更重要的是讓同學思考平等、公義等社會課題,並對不同社群建立同理心。另外,在籌劃、執行及參與服務項目的過程中,同學可建立團隊精神及責任心,成為具知識和樂於服務的世界公民。
 
「信暖工程」服務團團長、中醫藥學院教學科研部副主任余堅文博士表示,本地、內地、國際學生和校友是大學重要的持份者,他們合力籌劃服務項目,正好顯示浸大全方位推動服務學習的決心及能力。計劃由學生作主導,包括構思、執行等,大學期望他們學習項目管理,亦要切實地思考當地社群實際需要,提供持續及適切的服務。余博士表示,汲取是次經驗後,浸大會進一步優化「信暖工程」,例如增加服務項目、增加非本地學生(包括國際學生)參與的比例、推廣至其他省份或城巿等。
 
浸大校友會當然委員蕭泰崙先生亦有參加服務團。他表示,浸大學生統籌及組織大部分服務活動,並且懂得隨機應變,執行能力有一定水平,加上當中熱誠及投入,讓他深受感動。作為校友,他期望在未來繼續與學生分享經驗,鼓勵他們精益求精。
 
參與「信暖工程」的莊凱喬(社會學三年級)及潘俊喬(生物科技二年級)表示,最教他們難忘的是完成義教後,當地兒童流淚送別;而「信暖工程」讓他們加深對內地的認識,並對社會服務有更多體會。俊喬說,他們服務的學童部份有特殊學習需要,亦有留守兒童,他們因長期缺乏關懷而導致自信不足;因此團隊經過第一日的觀察後,隨即調整翌日的教學內容,由著重學術改為啟發他們思考未來、敢於夢想。凱喬則指到江西省義教前,大學安排團員先到東莞交流,取得有用資訊,例如利用暱稱建立親切形象等,管理課堂亦要寬緊得宜,讓學童能夠輕鬆但有效地學習。
 
團員亦為兩所小學勾畫了社區地圖,說明了可以改善的地方,例如社區遊樂設施不足、學校逃生路線不明等,期望未來可以跟進有關需求。
 
由於當地學童從沒有與外國人接觸,兩位國際交流生團員──來自美國的Joshua Claassens和英國的Timothy Berrow──自然大受歡迎,所到之處小朋友都爭相與他們握手。Joshua表示,服務團成員包括本地、內地、國際學生及校友,雖然背景不同,但能夠互補長短、和諧共處,大家為同一目標而努力,經驗難能可貴。他發現當地的教育模式較單向,較難孕育創意,希望未來除了幫助學童外,亦可以啟發老師,他更承諾畢業後會再到當地服務。