1st WSEC Daily Bulletin 22 Nov 2013
Organized by the World Organization of the Scout Move-ment (WOSM), the 1st World Scout Education Congress is held from 22 to 24 November 2013 at the Hong Kong Scout Centre. During the Congress period, about 500 Scout leaders and members from more than 100 National Scout Organizations (NSOs) around the world gather together in Hong Kong to share views and deepen understanding on a number of contemporary issues pertinent to youth de-velopment. In addition, more that 2,000 Scout members join the discussions via internet during the Congress. And the overriding theme of the Congress, Scouting: Educa-tion for Life. What kind of education, what kind of life?, provides a common concern for deliberations among par-ticipants across continents.
Being the host of the Congress, Scout Association of Hong Kong held an opening ceremony at the Gordon Wu Hall, Hong Kong Scout Centre, to kick off the event. Pres-ident of Scout Association of Hong Kong, the Honourable Geoffrey MA Tao-li, GBM, Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, was present to officiate at the ceremony. He was then joined by Mr Joao Armando GONCALVES, member of World Scout Committee and Mr NG Ah-ming, Chairman of the Host Committee to kick off the event by completing the official logo of the Congress.
Ms Christine LOH, JP, Under Secretary for the Environ-ment, was invited to deliver a keynote address on being good listeners and empathetic with other people in order to form an engaging society, which set the scene for the 1st World Scout Education Congress.
Christine LOH, Under Secretary for the Environment of the Hong Kong SAR Government, also the keynote speaker of the Congress, uses the Chinese letter (Listening), to illustrate the importance of being good listeners and empathetic with the others so as to foster an engaging and harmonious society.
Carolyn SAUNDERS (Right) Boy Scouts of America
Very pleased to participate in the Congress. Really wonderful three days to learn and see what everybody doing.
CHEUNG Chi-sun the Chief Commissioner, Hong Kong
Thanks for the hard work and unrelenting support from local Scout mem-bers and WOSM, which makes the event a success! The Scout Movement has passed its centenary. Its the right time to reflect on our past achieve-ments and chart the way forward for the next century.
Joko MURSITHO Indonesia
A very important occasion not only for Scouts but also for human being because all human being needs education to improve their lives!
Hope the Congress will guide us to a better life and better education for all people, not just Scouts.
This is an interesting topic. It seeks opportunities for developing scout business.
Thomas FROSTBERGspeaker from Sweden
Thomas addresses the audience on the importance of training for scouts to be leaders and ultimately decision-makers for society. Some delegates showed their interests on this topic as this directly related to the objective of scout movements.
Hong Kong people are working in a very efficient manner. The city is beautiful and modernized. The food is delicious there. Im also im-pressed by the good services rendered by Hong Kong people.
David BERGGlobal Director, Organizational DevelopmentWorld Scout Bureau Central Office
David announces the arrangements of the three day event to make sure the Congress runs smoothly.
Jrme WALMAG, Chief Commissioner, Belgium
A very interesting morning session. Excited to be here in Hong Kong.
Christian COURTIES, Training Commissioner, France
Hong Kong is a beautiful place. Would like to know more about adult resources and programmes for leaders which are important for youth education.
We are Joyful! Its Fun!
Youth aged between 5 and 26 in the Scout Association of Hong Kong, are divided into five sections; they are Grasshopper Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venture Scouts and Rover Scouts. There are also Sea Scout Groups and Air Scout Groups to cater for different interests of teenagers under Scouts and Venture Scouts sections. In addition, Extension Scout Groups are working for young people with special needs and disabilities.
Grasshoper Scouts Grasshopper Scouts are a group of lively and lovely children,
aged between 5 and 8. They learn and play together in their spare time under the guidance of Scout leaders. Activities of Grass-hopper Scouts are mainly in the form of game, and mem-bers are encouraged to participate ac-tively. Grasshopper Badges are awarded
according to the number of months that members have actively par-ticipated.
Cub Scouts Cub Scouts are a group of children, aged 7.5 and 12, need to wear their uniforms to engage in a variety of activities under the guid-ance of Cub Scout leaders so as to learn through games and enrich their experience. The Cub Scouts within the Pack are separated into Sixes, each of them formed by 6 to 7 members; they are encouraged to experience the spirit of cooperation through joyful activities. Ac-tivity Badges and Progressive Badges are introduced to the Cub Scouts section.
Scouts Scouts focus on outdoor activities, and training to practise their
skills. Scout Troop is formed by Patrols, each of which com-prises 6 to 9 members aged between 11 and 16. Each consists of a Patrol Leader and an Assistant Patrol Lead-er, who will learn and engage in all kinds of group activities with their members. Scouts
may get Progressive Badges and Proficiency Badges. They will be awarded Progressive Badges after they have completed a series of challenges.
Venture Scouts Venture Scouts, aged between 15 and 21 are encouraged to participate in outdoor activities and commu-nity services. In order to strengthen its members organisational skills, and social skills, team spirit build-ing and leadership practice are put in place through self-programming and self-governing approaches. Members who would like to acquire new skills and face new challeng-es can receive systematic training through a progressive badges pro-gramme or continuous self-learning opportunities.
Rover Scouts Rover Scouts, are adults aged between 18 and 26 who are willing to participate in activities with others, and committed to serving so-ciety and improving themselves. Diverse activities are coordinated and planned by themselves under the principles of self-program-ming and self-governing. A challenging badge programme is pro-vided as an incentive to Rover Scouts for self-improvement, broad-ening their horizons vision, strengthening personal capabilities in order to acquire the highest personal honour.
Scouting in Hong Kong
We prepare young people for the future
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History of Hong Kong
Situated on the southeast coast of China, Hong Kongs strategic location on the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea has made it one of the worlds most thriving and cosmopolitan cities.
Hong Kong as we know it today was born when Chinas Qing dynasty gov-ernment was defeated in the First Opium War in 1842, when it ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain. Within 60 years, Kowloon, the New Territories and 235 Outlying Islands were also leased to Britain. However, the history of the more than 1100 square kilometres that Hong Kong now occupies predates the events of the Qing dynasty by more than a thousand years. And, as you explore the citys colourful heritage, youll discover stories of powerful clans, marauding pirates and European traders.
From its earliest days as a British colony, Hong Kong served as a centre of international trade. In the turbulent years of the early 20thcentury, the citys population was bolstered by refugees, mostly from China. The arrival of im-migrants in large numbers helped launch a new role for Hong Kong as a major manufacturing hub. It also brought economically stimulating energy and in-dustry to the citys character. In recent decades, as the economy of Mainland China has undergone a process of opening up, Hong Kong has transformed yet again this time into a service-based economy as well as an important gateway to the worlds largest market.
Under the principle of One Country, Two Systems, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China on 1 July 1997. This arrangement allows the city to enjoy a high degree of autonomy, including retaining its capitalist system, independent judiciary and rule of law, free trade and freedom of speech.
A look at the citys history could give a strong impression that change is the only constant here. However, despite all its reinventions, Hong Kongs spirit has never changed. In fact, the same energy and dynamism that turned a group of sleepy fishing villages into a crossroads of international trade is now taking Asias world city into the 21stcentury. Experience that spirit and Hong Kongs story yourself by exploring the citys rich culture and heritage.
Highlight events in Hong Kong
You can join the highlight events in this month to experience the specialty of Hong Kong!
Symphony of Lights @ Tsim Sha Tsui (8 pm everynight)
Dino show roars to life @ Science Museum