Recruitment of the 2nd Batch of McCafe baristas

The Federation is now launching the second “McCafe Coffee Professionals Scheme”, again with McDonald's, together with the full support of Labour Department's Youth Work Experience and Training Scheme. 10 baristas are being recruited to receive pre-employment training in coffee to read more…

LEAD Project launched

On 2 February 2005, a Seminar on Creative Learning marked the beginning of the LEAD Pilot Project which features a major collaboration between the Federation, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) Media Laboratory and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. This project is receiving generous sponsorship from the Innovation and Technology Fund, Hang Fung Gold Technology Group, May Cheong Toy Products Factory Ltd., Mr. Edward Cheng and Dr. Patrick Wang…click here to read more...


Creativity: the LEAD Pilot Project
Creative education relies on letting children explore their world, experiment freely and express themselves through hands on experience with the objects that surround them. Increasingly that means coming to grips with technology. Kids love it, especially when it allows them to solve problems with computers, construct their own digital games and create robotic toys.

Through the Pilot Project for LEAD ( the acronym for Leading through Engineering, Art and Design ) that the Federation launched this week with partners from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the MIT Media Laboratory, children will be brought into this world of inventive digital creativity.



Encouraged to learn and innovate through projects involving mechanics, engineering, robotics, interactive art and film, they will learn core digital skills using MIT Media Lab software which lead onto higher level skills involving the design process, problem solving, teamwork and the feedback cycle.

The fundamental message in this learning process is innovative, creative thinking, made possible via a free environment reserved only for play in more traditional education. This meeting ground stimulates communication in a world where technology has given us the joy of instant contact. The LEAD project will give children the confidence to use digital creativity to understand the world in which they live and to communicate their ideas to others. Once they feel completely confident with this technology they will have the functional but flexible skills to succeed and prosper in the workforce of tomorrow.

Kung Hei Fat Choi to all our readers,
May you have a happy and prosperous
Year of the Rooster

Creativity, responsibility and the Cyberworld
Today's youngsters are very aware of the problems and the joys of the Internet which are regularly highlighted by the media. Kitty, one of the students who took part in the Federation's project on Creating a Healthy Cyberworld, created her own animated characters for a short film about them. She says that taking part in the Cyberworld competition really helped her when it came to working on a creative computer project at school. Not only has she managed to make the medium convey its own message on the complex topic of digital crime but has now written an e-book to teach others her own techniques.
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First year, female, bright and depressed
A University of Hong Kong web-based survey released last month revealed that over 20% of all first year tertiary students in Hong Kong are depressed. Among the 8000 students polled at 10 institutions of further education, there were almost twice as many female as male sufferers and the highest achievers often have the lowest self-esteem. click here to read more...

Fighting pirates

The abuse of intellectual property is a flourishing business despite Customs crackdowns. At home, Internet music piracy is especially tempting for young people. Only 10% actually admitted to regular illegal downloading although the real figure for Internet piracy is probably a lot higher. The majority of the self-confessed "pirates" are under 30, most being either secondary school or university students click to learn more

Giving generously: a young person's view of lai see

According to a recent survey about half of those aged from 15-34 will spend an average of $2,370 in the shops during the coming Lunar New Year Holidays. Where do they get all that the spare cash? In their lai see packets perhaps. Total spending on lai see by the same age group is estimated to be over $2,900 per person says the survey. However, only 7% of all age groups said they would put at least $50 in each packet whereas 70% reckoned on just $20 per packet. That's an awful lot of packets isn't it - between 58 and 145 per person to be precise. No wonder the red packet vendors are doing such a roaring trade!

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