Inter-school Cross-curricular Project Competition on Climate Change 2016/17 launched (with photos)

     To enhance life-wide learning of primary and secondary students in coping with climate change, the Education Bureau has organised the Inter-school Cross-curricular Project Competition on Climate Change 2016-17 with Esri China (Hong Kong) Limited and Hong Kong Education City as strategic partners, and with 17 organisations comprising government departments, local universities, major school councils and non-government organisations serving as supporting groups. The competition is a signature event of the Education Bureau for 2016-17.

     At the launching ceremony and seminar on climate change and technology today (October 25), the Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, said that climate change is a global challenge currently facing the whole world and is affecting the life of everyone. The Paris Agreement signed by 195 nations at the end of last year is an important step forward in a concerted effort to tackle the issue. Like other international cities, Hong Kong will need to reduce carbon emissions in future years. Mr Ng encouraged the young generation to nurture a sense of responsibility towards both nature and human beings with an aim of building a better world together.

     Noting that the competition aims at integrating creativity and technology, Mr Ng said, "The competition, the first of its kind using science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects or different modes of projects, allows students to use spatial analysis and mapping tools to conduct research on climate change from micro to macro perspectives, so as to come up with innovative ideas on mitigation, adaptation and resilience strategies to tackle climate change. It is hoped that the competition will raise the understanding and interest of all secondary and primary school students in further studies on climate change, so that they will take personal action and make contributions to cope with the problem."

     The competition is divided into three categories: primary (Primary Four to Primary Six), junior secondary (Secondary One to Secondary Three) and senior secondary (Secondary Four to Secondary Six). Students can choose to produce a small invention or to conduct project research on coping with climate change.

     The competition has earned support from various organisations, namely the Environment Bureau, the Census and Statistics Department, the Hong Kong Observatory, the Polar Museum Foundation, the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Education University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Hong Kong, the Association of Principals of Government Secondary Schools, the Hong Kong Aided Primary School Heads Association, the Hong Kong Association of Heads of Secondary Schools, the Hong Kong Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council, the Hong Kong Subsidised Secondary Schools Council, the Subsidised Primary Schools Council and the Union of Government Primary School Headmasters and Headmistresses.

     During the competition, the Education Bureau will hold seminars for participating teachers and students to enhance their understanding of climate change. Details of the competition can be found at the following website:

Ends/Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Issued at HKT 16:15