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Principals and teachers visit Guangzhou for national education exchange programme
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     Seventy-one school heads and teachers set off to the Guangzhou Sun Yat Sen University today (April 1) for a five-day Hong Kong Teachers Mainland Exchange Programme.

     The programme was organised by the Education Bureau (EDB), and co-organised by the Office for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs, the Ministry of Education; the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; the office of the People's Government of Guangdong Province responsible for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan affairs; and the Education Department of Guangdong Province.

     The programme aims to enhance members' understanding of national education promulgated in Mainland local schools. It also provides members with an opportunity to have professional exchange with local teachers.
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     During the tour, members will visit the Shenzhen Daichan Bay Port Investment and Development Co Ltd and the Guangzhou Toyota Motors Co Ltd to have a better understanding of the development of the logistics and automotive industries there. They will also call on the standing committee of the Guangzhou National People's Congress and visit Guangzhou No.7 Middle School to learn more about the local government's operation and school education there.

     By touring the Chen Clan temple and the Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, members will understand further the common origins of the history and culture shared by Hong Kong and Guangzhou. The programme also invites university lecturers to speak on different topics including aerospace, economic and national development.  

     The programme, which provides 300 training places for teachers, is scheduled for April and December every year.
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     Members will conclude their trip and submit brief reports to share their experiences and feelings and ideas on promoting national education in their schools.

Ends/Thursday, April 1, 2010
Issued at HKT 17:31

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