The “Global Ethics and Liberal Studies” Project
This project is supported by the Quality Education Fund. It aims to apply the conception of Global Ethics advocated by Han Küng into global issues of politics, economics, and religion and peace, so as to help students to build their own value judgments from a critical and pluralistic perspective. Teaching materials for the Module of Globalization in the subject of Liberal Studies will be developed. For partner schools, experiential learning activities for students and supportive teaching activities will be organized to stimulate students’ thoughts about the issues and crisis of globalization.
“Looking Deep” in Modern China: Teaching Materials Development and Supporting Programme of Liberal Studies and National Education
This project is co-organised by General Education Exchange Association, affiliated organization of Roundtable Community , and Centre for Governance and Citizenship and Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education of the Hong Kong Institute of Education . It aims to integrate the “Modern China” Module of Liberal Studies with the concept of national education, and to develop teaching materials, to provide professional trainings for teachers and supporting activities for students, so as to promote national education with multiple perspectives, to establish students’ national identity and concern, and to cultivate their multiple critical thinking regarding conditions of China. This project is supported by the Quality Education Fund.
In the past few decades, clinical empirical research from worldwide show that mindfulness-based training programme is effective in facilitating participants in relaxing, reducing depression relapse and promoting body-mind well-being. Related programmes have been extensively launched and researched in hospitals and communities. Recently some educators in North America have started educational mindfulness programme and research in schools. Since 2007 apart from providing workshops and pilot programmes to staff and students of the Institute, principals, teachers, parents and students from schools, our Centre has also started related research, and joined local and overseas conferences.
The Confucian Religion and Teachings Project
With a donation from Confucian Academy to support the Centre, the Confucian Religion and Teachings Project was launched in 2008. This three-year project aims to enhance the student-teachers for their understanding of Confucian religion and teachings, and traditional Chinese educational thoughts. Major activities under this project include:
• Get Acquainted with Confucius: Visit, Study and Exchanges;
• Get Acquainted with Confucius: Roving Exhibition and Promotional Activities;
• Educational Activities with a Focus on Confucian Tradition and Moral and Citizenship Education;
• “Spiritual Expression of Confucian Classics”: Performing Arts Competition for Primary and Secondary Students;
• The Analects Worldwide Essay and Picture Book Competition.
The Column “Little Stories with Moral Lessons” in the S-File, Singtao Daily
The Centre was invited by Singtao Daily, to coordinate the authors to write for the Column of “Little Stories of Morality” in S-File: Handbook of Other Learning Experiences. The little stories bring out messages of religious, life, spirituality, moral and civic education. Target ted for secondary students, the Column appears on the S-file on Thursdays of school days since September 2009.
Lunchtime Talk Series
Ever since the establishment of the Centre, we have been promoting awareness of religious and spirituality education among the Institute and the general public. For this purpose, the Centre hosts lunchtime talks on themes such as “Life and Death Education” and “Teaching and Learning that Touches Students’ Soul” for scholars, experts and educators to share their ideas and insights.
The Centre hosts the Spirituality Cinema with Mr Jeremy Yung, a well known TV/Film Director , as the Guest Speaker and Facilitator. Films are selected for the relevance and significance of spirituality, life and values education. After each film show, Director Yung hosts an interactive session with a special guest and the audiences to share about the reflections on spirituality and values.