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Following 2019's social unrest and amid the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, there are a number of measures to support Hong Kong to strive ahead with renewed perseverance in the Policy Address 2020. We have made reference to the "Highlights - Striving Ahead with Renewed Perseverance" leaflet and summarised measures related to education, entrepreneurship and career pursuit for your reference: Quality Education Enhance moral, civic and national education, as well as strengthen education on the Constitution, the Basic Law and national security Reform the liberal studies subject in the senior secondary curriculum Enhance the training of teachers upon appointment, during service and before promotion to enhance their quality Set aside $2 billion under the Quality Education Fund to launch a three-year programme to support e-learning and to ensure that students from disadvantaged families will enjoy equal learning opportunities Support the provision of new teaching facilities and a student hostel for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Youth Development Launch the Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), under which subsidies will be provided for about 200 youth start-ups, and earmark $100 million under the Youth Development Fund for this purpose Launch the GBA Youth Employment Scheme under which enterprises operating business in both Hong Kong and the GBA Mainland cities will be provided with subsidies to recruit and deploy local university graduates to work in the GBA Mainland cities with a quota of 2 000 Creating Employment In addition to providing about 10 000 civil service job openings and creating about 30 000 time-limited jobs under the second round of the Anti-epidemic Fund (of which over 11 000 jobs are suitable for university graduates) this financial year, the Government will create more sector-specific job opportunities, covering environmental protection, construction and engineering, innovation and technology, property management, legal, creative industries, etc., for young people graduating in recent years Provide 20 000 places with training allowance under the Employees Retraining Board's new tranche of the Love Upgrading Special Scheme to be implemented in January 2021 for six months International Innovation and Technology Hub Jointly develop the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Co-operation Zone with Shenzhen, and explore with Shenzhen government the idea of allowing the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation to lease and manage certain areas of the Innovation and Technology Zone in Futian, Shenzhen, before the completion of the first batch of research and development (R&D) buildings in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park at the Lok Ma Chau Loop Launch a five-year Global STEM Professorship Scheme at a cost of $2 billion to attract outstanding R&D talent from overseas to engage in R&D work in Hong Kong Release the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong 2.0 in December 2020 with more than 130 smart city initiatives Launch the iAM Smart one-stop service platform in December 2020 for the delivery of a number of government and public utility electronic services The Policy Address Supplement used more infographics to make the document more readable and listed out those ongoing and new initiatives. You may wish to refer to the following chapters of the Supplement - Chapter V - Unlimited Business OpportunitiesChapter VII - Nurturing TalentChapter VIII - Caring Society
Although some of the on-ground trainings and events organised by the The Hong Kong Award for Young People (AYP) were cancelled under the pandemic situation, the participants, instructors and volunteers of the programme still found ways to strive for improvement in the Award journey. They shared their extraordinary experience in the "Good stories: Together we walk through this" to spread the positive attitudes and inspire more young people, here are some of the good stories ! [Don't stop learning something at home - Nam Ka Yi] Class suspension does not mean stop learning. Keep going with your Award journey! Miss. Nam Ka Yi, participant of Silver Award, student from Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School demonstrates a good example of continuing the Award at home in this critical time.“Staying at home cannot stop me from doing my Award.” With a flexible and unique system, participants can do the Award anytime anywhere, and it’s totally adjustable! Learning English as her Skills Section, while Kayi is currently unable to attend lessons outside. However, her online learning English experience for Skills Section so far is progressing steadily with her foreign teacher. She also finds this way is much more interesting than having face-to-face lessons. No matter anywhere anytime, continue with The Award journey!All of our lives are in some way affected by this. However, AYP acts as a good platform for young people to step out from their comfort zone with chances of facing challenges. Learning how to step up and keep going with our normal lives are another acquisition of skills for our youth.No matter anywhere anytime, continue with The Award journey! [More than hiking! - Chan Hing Ho] Hiking is not only an outdoor activity for AYPers. Mr. Chan Hing Ho (Ho), with multiple roles including Gold Award Holder, existing AYP expeditions instructor (Hiking & Kayak) and ex-Outward Bound Hong Kong instructor, fully understands the true meaning of hiking. Clean-up rubbish in hiking routes“It’s no doubt that hills and countryside are being polluted harmfully recently. Therefore I decide to clean-up rubbish in some hiking routes with my family and friends as well as influencing my children not to stop learning even class has been suspended, teaching them not to pollute the nature, being environmental-friendly as a responsible hiker.”As AYP expeditions instructor, instead of limiting his mission to provide expeditions guidance for participants in the countryside, on waterways or at the sea, Ho is also being a role model for all of us. Keep up good manner to our lovely nature! [Get well prepared during stay home stay safe period! - Emily, Henry and Dennis] Gold Award Participants Emily, Henry and Dennis from Gold Award Unit (GAU) continue to engage in AYP Service Section in this challenging period. They have participated in Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association Service Programme over the past year and become seminar speakers after a series of training sessions. They advocate the acceptance and support to Guide Dogs through seminars to enhance an inclusive society. As speakers for Guide Dog Seminar‘We can keep preparing for Guide Dog Seminar, fearless of the COVID-19 outbreak impact!’ As seminar speakers, they chose to take this chance to update the Seminar content and wish to further contribute to the development of Guide Dogs service when the epidemic is over. The Hong Kong Award for Young People (AYP) provides opportunity for young people to challenge themselves through leisure activities and voluntary service which they can discover their hidden abilities and gain a special sense of satisfaction and achievement. Young people design their own Award programme, set their own goals, take up trainings and record their progress. Through the challenge of AYP, young people can explore and breakthrough the limit of what they believe they can achieve. >>Click here for more inspirational AYP good stories