The Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education
was set up to advise on matters relating to promoting civic education,
as well as implementing activities in conjunction with the Government
and concerned parties in promoting civic education outside schools.
In 2004, the Committee focused its promotional
efforts in good citizenship, civic responsibilities, building a
caring and harmonious society, family cohesiveness, respect for
human rights and the rule of law, as well as enhancing the sense
of national identity and understanding of the Basic Law.
The Committee launched a website to promote various
civic education themes. Other promotional activities included telephone
hotline stories, special features in newspapers and an interactive
drama on the Basic Law. The Committee also produced a series of
civic education reference materials, including a family magazine,
a youth magazine and a calendar for 2005 depicting winning entries
from a photo competition on the theme 'Brighten Up Hong Kong' during
To sustain the care and harmony, unity and solidarity,
selfless sacrifice, and a high sense of civic responsibility manifested
by Hong Kong people in fighting against Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, the Committee launched 'A Tribute to the
Fighting Spirit against SARS' roving exhibition in mid-2004.
The exhibition covered a wide range of SARS-related publications,
documentaries, audio-visual productions and photos. Moreover, the
Committee organised the 'Flower Passion Campaign' in conjunction
with the District Councils, Home Affairs Department and Leisure
and Cultural Services Department. The aim was to promote the sense
of caring for the environment and participation in community building.
The Committee organised a territory-wide 'Basic
Law Public Speaking Contest', in conjunction with the Peninsula
Junior Chamber, Constitutional Affairs Bureau and Department of
Justice. The promotional slogan was 'Understand the Basic Law, Learn
the Rights and Responsibilities for All'. The purpose of the contest
was to enhance public understanding of the Basic Law. As a complementary
measure, a series of roving exhibitions and workshops have also
been organised in the territory.
To enhance the sense of national identity among
the public, the Committee set up a Working Group on National Education
comprising members from the Committee and the Commission on Youth.
The primary objective is to formulate the strategies and measures
to promote national education outside schools. During the year,
the Working Group produced a television announcement in the public
interest (API) entitled 'Our Home, Our Country'. Featuring the close
links between Hong Kong and the Mainland, this short video was the
first ever API in Hong Kong which used the national anthem as the
The Committee continued to implement the Community
Participation Scheme to encourage community organisations to organise
civic education activities at the district level. To enhance the
impact of the scheme the Committee decided to designate a topical
theme for the scheme each year as from 2004, with 'Social Participation
and Commitment' being the first.
Subsequent to a review of its role and functions
and having regard to the latest community developments, the Committee
strengthened its strategic planning and research work; devoted more
attention to promoting positive civic values targeting young adults
and the working population; as well as enhanced collaboration with
district-based civic education committees, the education sectors,
the media and professionals in its promotional efforts.