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Kevin Yeung visits Kowloon school

August 24, 2017
Student support

Student support:  Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung chats with Kowloon True Light School teachers and students.

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung today visited Kowloon True Light School to learn about its programmes to boost students' positive thinking.

 

The school is among the recipients of the Quality Education Fund for organising activities under the Joyful@School Campaign.

 

The campaign is to enhance students' resilience, identify and support vulnerable junior secondary students at an early stage, and boost parent and teacher awareness of students' mental health.

 

Mr Yeung gave his support to more than 100 students taking part in the school's Secondary One Bridging Programme, in which newcomers participate in activities to learn more about their school culture, environment and school life, as well as their teachers and schoolmates.

 

Speaking at the event, he said the Government is very concerned about the mental wellness of young people.

 

"We would like to cultivate adolescents' positive values and attitude towards life, and enhance their self-confidence and skills for coping with adversities through different kinds of projects, activities, talks and supporting resources."

 

He said the Quality Education Fund Steering Committee raised the grant ceiling for mini-applications under the campaign to $200,000 in April.

 

"Within a few months the fund has received more than 400 applications. Everyone is enthusiastically designing suitable mental health activities for students."

 

Meanwhile, the Government will introduce a series of measures to improve students' mental health in the coming school year following the recommendations of the Committee on Prevention of Student Suicides.

 

They include the introduction of the Professional Development Programme of Mental Health by the Education Bureau and the launch of a mental health website by the Department of Health for secondary school students.



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