CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Education through intercultural exchange

HONG KONG (SE): On November 15, the Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School in Pokfulam hosted 30 teachers and students from the Chua Chu Kang Secondary School in Singapore for a day of enriching understanding of life on an educational campus with a mixed nationality student body.
Organised to promote a better understanding of and respect for other cultures, as well as broadening students’ vision of the world, it proved to be a good opportunity for the students to learn and work together as a group, while interacting with people their own age from a different culture.
Feedback from the day also showed that developing a global awareness does contribute to developing the social skills needed to interact with people from another culture and that cultural exchange activities like the visit can play a big part in this.
The programme was opened by the principal of the Hong Kong school, Stephen Chan Sun-hang, and representatives from the visiting Chua Chu Kang Secondary School.
Then the guests were invited to attend an S6 English lesson at the English Learning Centre, which produced some lively interaction and a group discussion among the students from both schools.
The guests from Singapore then joined a cultural exchange activity in the school hall and both the guests and locals learned quite a bit about each other’s culture through performances, e-learning and group games in what turned out to be a fun morning.
Lunch featured local food and was used as an opportunity for the students to interact casually and have free discussion.
The day concluded with the inevitable group photograph and exchange of gifts. The day was considered informative and enjoyable, and both the visitors and the local students said they had learned a lot about understanding different cultures and had broadened their vision of the world.

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