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Concerted efforts to take forward life planning for younger generation (with photos)

     The Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, today (December 3) officiated at the Life Planning for a Bright Future cum Business-School Partnership Programme (BSPP) Celebration Ceremony. He also presented appreciation certificates to business partners of the BSPP for their support in providing opportunities for youngsters to explore their study pathways and career development.

     The event was organised by the Education Bureau (EDB) to further promote life planning education and to enhance the awareness of stakeholders of the importance of timely life planning education for youngsters. About 1,000 participants, including principals, teachers, parents and students, as well as academics and business partners, took part in the activity.

     The Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, pointed out at the ceremony that life planning education enables students to understand themselves and learn about different study and career pathways, and thus be able to make choices about their future based on their own interests, abilities and aspirations.

     Mr Ng said the EDB visited 225 schools in the 2014/15 school year, representing about 44 per cent of schools, to learn about their promotion of life planning education. Noting that most of the schools promote life planning education in an all-round and systematic manner, he said the EDB will continue to provide support to schools and enhance the content of the BSPP activities.

     During the discussion sessions at today's event, guests from various fields talked about their experiences in starting their business and realising their dreams. At the workshops, professionals from different industries as well as principals, teachers and students shared their experience in implementing and participating in the BSPP, school-based work experience programmes, mentorship schemes, and various life planning and career exploration activities.

     The BSPP was launched by the EDB in 2005 to seek assistance from business partners to provide career exploration opportunities for students. Through various types of activities, students are able to understand different trades and the operation of industrial and business organisations and thus develop positive working attitudes and values. In the 2014/15 school year, more than 120 organisations collaborated with the EDB in organising over 750 activities, with the number of students in attendance reaching more than 250,000.

Ends/Thursday, December 3, 2015
Issued at HKT 12:25


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