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.
In past decades, mindfulness is being increasingly accepted in western societies as a way of meditation. It is also considered as an effective therapeutic practice for stress reduction, and the amelioration of depression and negative emotions. Furthermore, the application of mindfulness in learning. is also being studied by researchers. Through workshops, public lectures, seminars and research projects, the Centre aims to explore the impact of mindfulness on the learning of local children and adolescents.
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.
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.
“Touching the Soul” – Lecture Series and an Evening of Music Exchange
The Centre aims to promote the spiritual development of both teachers and students through enhancing their understanding of the artistic nature of the music of various religious and spirituality traditions, the significant role religious music plays in these traditions, and the spiritual values music embodies. The whole series includes three public lectures on “Music and the World of Spirituality” and the Evening of Music Exchange held at the Auditorium of Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre.
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.