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No kidding! Coding is becoming a kiddie matter


Obama does coding, so does Lee Hsien Loong. Around the world, governments and leaders are encouraging schools to teach coding, with a view to fostering problem-solving skills and equipping children for future jobs. The Centre’s weekly analysis looks into this flurry of coding education initiatives, the rationale behind and how Hong Kong should respond.

Life lesson drawn from an unlikely debate


In a fast-moving debate held months ago, three undergraduates from Harvard College were defeated by three inmates who stay at maximum-security prison. The story sheds light on the importance of prisoners’ education. The Centre will explore how better education can be provided to prisoners.

Is school support enough for preventing youth suicide?


Introducing continuous measures to prevent youth suicide should not be neglected, nor any attempt to help young people overcome their psychological difficulties. This week, the Centre looks into the School-based Educational Psychology Service and reviews if its existing manpower and services can provide ample psychological assistance for students.

From accusation on Stanley Cheung to cyber-bullying


The dust explosion in Taiwan has become a series of accusation on Stanley Cheung, a survivor of the Pat Sin Leng hill fire. Cyber-bullying is a widespread epidemic in the global digital world nowadays. Suicidal cases stemmed from online harassment rang the bell of the adverse impact of cyber-bullying. This week, the Centre examines cyber-bullying in Hong Kong and discusses whether legislation and civic education can improve the situation.

More summer classes make kids smarter?


Nowadays, kids no longer enjoy long and relaxing summer breaks. Various summer classes await, and behind the euphoria of parents signing their kids up is their fear of their children losing out in the academic race. The Centre’s weekly analysis points out that parents’ worries can be justified as summer vacation may hinder children’s learning. However, to counter that doesn’t require fancy and expensive summer classes.

A digital chasm too wide for needy students


Great hope has been placed on the internet and computer for limitless learning opportunities brought to students, but would unequal digital access widen the rich-poor gap? The Centre’s weekly analysis highlights the rich-poor divide that also rears its ugly head in how students use digital technology. Better-off students use it to get ahead of the pack, while poorer ones use it less wisely. Bridging this digital chasm will require a bigger effort.

What hinder single parents from working?


The Centre released a new edition of an Occasional Paper ‘Assisting single parents to work and enhancing human resource development’, which aims to analyse the differences of proportion of working and monthly salary of single parents in terms of ‘personal characteristics’ and ‘family and housing characteristics’. It also probes different effects of each characteristic on the employment situation of single mothers and fathers.

Happiness and learning: The merrier, the better


Who says studying is a chore? The local education reform aims to help students learn how to learn, which begins by helping them love to learn. The Centre’s weekly analysis highlights some surprising but pleasing statistics from an international study, showing most Hong Kong students go to school wearing smiles, and that interest and happiness in learning go hand in hand with higher test scores.

Nanodegree: A new way of vocational training


Personal development and success in career are important to people in Hong Kong. The various online education platforms introduced across Europe and the United States in recent years have opened up alternative ways to acquire real-world skills and achieve lifelong learning. The Centre’s weekly analysis reviews one of its latest developments with the launch of a ‘Nanodegree’ programme and examines how online education helps to create a new way of vocational training.

Working or staying home? Child support services could be the answer


The Centre released a study on ‘Developing child support services on all fronts: To facilitate both parenting and employment’ today, with a focus on examining whether there are inadequacies of existing child care services in Hong Kong subsidised by the Government and provided by NGOs for those aged below 6 who are not receiving pre-primary education services. With reference to child care policies implemented by other countries and regions, the Centre has forged policy directions and recommendations that could improve local child support services.