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Mission and Values 2017-09-25T02:51:16+00:00

Our Mission

Teach4HK aims to enlist outstanding university graduates with diversified talents to serve underprivileged students through a one-year teaching fellowship. Our underlying goals and missions of such project are as follows:

// To deliver holistic quality education to underprivileged students and positively impact their achievement through recruiting and training enlisted passionate and outstanding university students as teaching fellows.

// To nurture future leaders with empathy and passion while creating a growing movement of alumni network who are long-term leaders capable of facilitating systemic change in Hong Kong’s education.

What is happening in Hong Kong’s Education?

Education Inequality

According to the Census Statistics, there are 281K children living under the poverty line in Hong Kong (child poverty rate: 26.3%). Although the overall impression of Hong Kong’s education is well developed, education opportunities received by students across different economic backgrounds have huge discrepancies. Only 1 out of 10 students under the poverty line are admitted to university (versus 1 out of 2 in well-off families).

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are usually clustered in the lowest banding schools. Close to 50 schools of this nature have zero university admission rate. With more renowned secondary schools switching to Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS), expensive tuition fees deny underprivileged children the access to more resources and higher quality education. This creates huge social immobility and exacerbates the wide income gap in Hong Kong.

Difficulty in Attracting Talent for Education

Being a teacher was once a common dream amongst the brightest students, but recent decades reveal that this is no longer true. Living in an international financial center, an overwhelming majority of Hong Kong’s outstanding graduates opt for more lucrative careers like in business or finance. Admission results have proven that it is becoming more difficult to attract quality talent to consider teaching as a profession.

Besides the many teaching responsibilities, frontline teachers are also burdened with increasing school administrative work. Over 60% of surveyed teachers worked more than 50 hours per week and found their job excessively stressful, while over 70% of surveyed teachers said that they would not advise their children to pursue a teaching career. This reflected that the reward and compensation for teachers have been undervalued, decreasing the attractiveness of a teaching career.

Based on the feedback from our research, given that students have to choose their university program as early as 17, parents have the largest say in their career decisions. It is usually advised that students should opt for more conservative and promising careers like law, medicine or business regardless of whether or not these students have existing passion in education – which most do. Among the 40 undergraduate programs the University of Hong Kong is offering, education programs take up 2 places out of the 5 programs with the lowest admission results. However, only a few graduates with non-educational based degree opt for a teaching career.

Sources:

SOCO Submission from the Hong Kong Underprivileged Children and NGOs to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child HKIEd Study: Disparity in Higher Education Attainment is Widening Between Rich and Poor
香港文匯報: 文憑試缺學額 50 中學「零升大」
香港社區組織協會兒童權利關注會-貧窮兒童生活質素研究報告發佈會 2014
香港教師的壓力與快樂感 「香港教師的壓力與快樂感 香港教師的壓力與快樂感」問卷調查 University of Hong Kong Admission Office

The Values We Embrace

Passion and
Excellence

Kindness and
Empathy

Openness and
Innovation

Teamwork and
Leadership

Passion and Excellence

We envision ourselves as a growing movement of young people who demonstrates full commitment and passion to education. In pursuit of professional standards, we proactively reach out to fellows, students, partner schools, donors and supporters to strive for excellence and endeavor for breakthroughs.

Kindness and Empathy

We engage with each and every individual with compassion and respect. We put ourselves in their places to see their world, and seek to unlock their potentials with love and support.

Openness and Innovation

We believe keeping an open mind and actively seeking innovation are keys to success. We embrace diversity as it always introduces new insights. We value every opportunity to collaborate with different parties to sustainably transform our education.

Teamwork and Leadership

We empower every team member and fellows as leaders who are given ownership to their work and held accountable to the team. While recognizing diversity and individuality, we are also one cohesive team with an uncompromising dedication towards our unified vision.