GIN852 conference a big success

Posted by Peter MUIR

 

 

Over 50 students representing eight schools participated in the GIN852 conference recently. Organised by a group of Discovery College students, the event aimed at providing students with a direct insight into global issues in a Hong Kong context.

GIN, or the Global Issues Network, is a network of students who are passionate to tackle global issues in their communities. The Hong Kong branch of this network, named 852 after the country calling code, hosts a conference annually. This year’s conference theme, BeGIN, provided a number of meanings. Firstly to ‘begin locally, act globally’, reminding us to think about local involvement before looking further abroad. BeGIN also reminds us to embodying the concept of GIN, that is, to consistently be a global citizen.

Part listening, part contributing, the conference saw participating students be involved in a variety of activities to develop their understanding of local issues, and contribute to plans for taking action on these issues.

The conference welcomed six different guest speakers, each of whom delivered an insightful message giving students helpful tips and ideas on how to make a difference. Ranging from a variety of backgrounds their advice still shared a common message – that every action, no matter how small helps, and to start small, start local, and do it with enthusiasm!

Saturday morning saw participants venture out into different locations in Hong kong working with five different community partners – Sunshine Action, Society for Community Organization(SoCO), Green Glass Green, the Home of Love, and Soap Cycling. Each experience provided a different lens to life in Hong Kong, and the significant problems faced by different members of our community. These issues were then investigated further in workshops, each of which allowed students to collaborate on ideas for action.

Congratulations to the following members of the organising committee for their work: Trillian Cheung, Judith Wong, Anoushka Shahi, Christina Chan, and Khusi Rana of year 11, and Letícia Macedo Magalhaes Ayres and Lucy Fillip of Year 12. Discovery College now looks forward to being involved in future GIN852 conferences.

Give a meaningful gift this Christmas

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This year the DC CE captains give you the opportunity to give this Christmas by offering Xmas Care Cards.

The Xmas Care Card is where you give a friend or loved one a gift of a donation to a community organisation, who will then use that donation to make a meaningful difference this Xmas.

Rather than adding to our piles of waste and using valuable resources that buying a gift contributes to, or buying something that is not really wanted by the recipient, give a gift that show you care!

How it works

  1. Choose a community partner you wish to donate to from our list
  2. Choose the amount you wish to donate
  3. Make the donation
  4. Provide the email address of your gift recipient
  5. Your gift recipient will receive a digital card, indicating that you have given them a caring gift that supports an organisation making a difference in our community

Buy your care card in the school foyer before and after school next week!

Here are the community partners the DC Xmas Care Cards will support this year:

  • Soap Cycling’s MEY Program
  • Centre for Refugees
  • Society for Community Organization (SoCO)
  • PUSPADI Bali
  • Gawad Kalinga

 

Soap Cycling’s MEY Program
The MEY (minorities, elderly and youth) Program is Soap Cycling’s new initiative being implemented in Hong Kong with a chief focus on empowering Hong Kong’s disadvantaged youth and elderly.

It aims to utilize the wasted energy and skills of the elderly, and is a step toward fulfilling Soap Cyling’s mission of promoting sustainability, improving hygiene for disadvantaged groups, and developing the next generation of social leadership in Hong Kong.

Soap Cycling’s MEY program will provide employment and training opportunities to those suffering from lack of opportunities. This program will also enrich HK as a whole as it increases community engagement with volunteer sessions, outreach events, and raises awareness of sustainability.

 

Centre for Refugees
Christian Action’s Centre For Refugees at Chungking Mansions is a well-established service provider assisting some of the 10,000 refugees living in need in HK. The centre relies on donors and sponsors to continue the work that they are doing. Every month they give direct support, including counselling, psychosocial and mental health support shelter, food and clothing to over 500 refugees, and provided continual support to their full database of over 4,000 refugees. Examples of how donated funds can assist include:

  • $150 provides a refugee baby or toddler a month’s supply of nappies;
  • $500 gives a refugee child the means to attend school for a month;
  • $1,600 provides for 100 meals from Hong Kong’s only daily soup kitchen

 

Society for Community Organization (SoCO)
Society for Community Organization (SoCO) is a registered non-profit making and non-governmental human rights organization for the underprivileged since 1972. Their work for the underprivileged includes supporting caged lodgers, tenants with financial difficulties and living in appalling conditions, street-sleepers, mentally ill patients, and ethnic minorities. Funds donated here will go towards SoCO’s Caged Homes and housing project, and elderly rights project.

 

PUSPADI Bali
PUSPADI is Bali-based NGO that works in disability rehabilitation, education, training and empowerment organisation, that is committed to working with people with a disability in Bali and Eastern Indonesia.

PUSPADI Bali has helped more than 4,000 of people with physical disabilities in Bali and Eastern Indonesia, to regain control of their life and independence as well as lead productive, fulfilling lives. The organisation’s staff regularly travel out in the field to find more people with a disability in need of prosthetics, orthotics, mobility aids, wheelchairs, or other support.

PUSPADI is a partner in our No Boundaries programme. Donations will be used to support their newly built community centre, and help fund individual clients in helping them gain mobility and independence.

 

Gawad Kalinga
Gawad Kalinga (translated in English as to “give care”) is a Philippine-based movement that aims to end poverty by first restoring the dignity of the poor. It employs an integrated and holistic approach to empowerment with values-formation and leadership development at its core. The Foundation currently works with over 2,000 communities, one of which we have been working with as a part of our No Boundaries program – Georgetown GK Village in Cavite. Donations will be used to support this community in celebrating Christmas, and go towards their education programmes.

Sunshine Action fortune bag packing

Posted by Peter MUIR

Recently, DC’s Sunshine Action Club has been proudly active in helping diminish the local poverty and hunger crisis. Since August, DC’s Sunshine Action has given food to nearly 1,000 families across Hong Kong, and hopes to contribute in ending local problems affecting the local community.

Currently, DC’s Sunshine Action Club encourages everyone to participate in their next event held on December 16th, 2017 at Cheung Sha Wan, which will be aiming to deliver food to elderly people’s homes for nearly 1,000 families. If you are interested, please sign up here or contact Sunshine Action’s ambassadors, Adrian Yan at 17yana1@dc.edu.hk or Apple Kwok at kwoka3@dc.edu.hk.

Justice Centre’s “Young Advocates Programme 2018”

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Justice Centre Hong Kong is now recruiting potential Young Advocates (YAP) for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018. Modelled on their leading legal clinic and internship programs with universities around the world (including Harvard University, Columbia University, and University of Hong Kong), YAP is one of the very few programmes in Hong Kong that encourages high school students to gain hands-on direct meaningful legal experience under the close supervision of highly-qualified staff lawyers.

Young Advocates will be exposed to all areas of our work as an NGO, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Young Advocates will be asked to:

  • perform intensive and varied legal tasks (such as analysing decisions and drafting testimonies)
  • engage in external events with other NGOs and our corporate legal partners
  • learn about creating human rights campaigns,
  • work on their own project for taking what they learn beyond the programme, back to your school community.

Young Advocates also receive one-to-one personal mentorship from Justice Centre’s team of international staff lawyers and policymakers, helping students develop important skills, knowledge, and experience as they continue their educational journey.

Click here for ore details about the programme.

Invite to join GIN852 student conference

Posted by Peter MUIR

There is an exciting opportunity for a limited number of Year 10-13 DC students to take part in a student conference – the GIN852 conference!

GIN (the Global Issues Network), is composed of passionate students who work together to tackle global issues in their communities. The GIN852 conference aims to provide students with a direct insight into global issues in a Hong Kong context. Part listening, part contributing, students will be involved in developing understanding of, and contributing to plans for taking action on these issues. The theme for this year’s GIN852 event is “Begin Locally to Achieve Globally”.

The event will be held at DC on Friday Dec 1st (4-8pm), then in different locations in HK on Saturday September 2nd (9-5pm). It provides a great opportunity for you to join together with students from across HK to learn about, and act upon global issues locally.

There are also some leadership opportunities during the event – why not challenge yourself and develop your leadership and social skills!

More details  can be found on the conference website.

Sign up today, but be quick as places are limited spaces!

Big Picnic – help needed!

Posted by Peter MUIR

The organisers of the Big Picnic event are seeking volunteers to support their event.  Volunteers are needed on a shift basis from about 9.00am through until about 7.00pm. If you can spare 2-3 hours (or more!) please register your details here ASAP.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Heidi Frances on heidifrances@gmail.com or 61753340. Please be aware that, depending upon your year level, involvement in this event might not fit the criteria to be included in your CE portfolio. You are encouraged to get involved regardless! 

STOP promotion video

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Check out this video from STOP. how could supporting the rights for workers in HK be a part of your CE?

CE Groups sign up

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DC Community Engagement groups have been created to help create opportunities for students to be actively involved in service-related efforts within and outside of school. Students are encouraged to become involved in these groups as a part of their individual Community Engagement / CAS programme. Each CE group will be based on an assigned Sustainable Development Goal. These goals were indicated to be of most interest in a survey of DC students. They are selected from the Sustainable Development Goals created by United Nations. For more information click here.

For Semester 1, Each Year Group will be focusing on 2 specific goals. The groups will be meeting once weekly for the remainder of semester 1 to develop, and implementing plans for action. Below are the goals for Semester 1 and some shocking facts to why you should join the cause!

Year Group Goal Goal
Years 7 and 8 Clean Water and Sanitation

Did you know?

844 million people in the world do not have access to clean water, and 2.3 Billion people do not have a decent toilet! That’s 1 in 10 people without clean water and 1 in 3 people without a toilet!

Climate Action

Did you know that climate change is affecting every country on every continent! People are experiencing the impact of climate change, which include changing weather patterns, rising sea level, and more extreme weather events. We have to start saving our planet!

Years 9 and 10 No Poverty

Did you know?
1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty and according to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. To stop violence and death we have to first stop poverty! STOP poverty by being a part of your own student group with your friends!

Good Health and Well-Being

Affordable and clean energy. Global warming, is deteriorating everyday. This is only because of the type of energy sources WE are using. Such as coal, oil and gas which has the destructive impacts on the planets. Average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, it sounds less but in reality has a big impact. But we can change this and help improve our planet. Now this is your chance to act!

Years 11, 12 and 13 Zero Hunger

Have you ever had to go to school on an empty stomach? Not enough money to buy something from the vending machine in the DP centre? 66 million primary school children across the developing world experience this struggle everyday. This CAS activity gives you full freedom on what you want to target in the 2nd goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – whether it be agriculture, food, security, etc. In the continent with the most malnourished population in the entire world, now is your chance to act.

 Affordable and Clean Energy

Between 1990 and 2010, the number of people with access to electricity has increased by 1.7 billion, and as the global population continues to rise so will the demand for cheap energy. How can we ensure that we continue supplying energy that has minimal impact on our planet? How can we ensure that electricity is accessible to everyone?

Sunshine Action Club Christmas Food Packaging event

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The DC Sunshine Action Club was created by students Adrian Yan (Y12) and Apple Kwok (Y12) at the start of this academic year. This club is affiliated with the Sunshine Action Charity organisation and works closely with its owner, Sunny Mak. Due to its small number of staff, Sunshine Action relies on volunteers to help out to ensure every event can lead to change. The goal of Sunshine Action Club is to give back to the community by advocating and cooperating with the organization.

DC’s Sunshine Action Club is made up of students ranging from Y9 to Y12 and are especially invested in addressing issues that concern their local communities today. Over the past several months, students have been involved in major events organized by Sunshine Action, from distributing lunch boxes to the homeless, to creating over 3000 food packages and providing first hand aid to the elderly. A participant from Y12 said “It was an eyeopening experience that allowed me to realise just how fortunate we are compared to those who utterly have close to nothing.”

TheDC Sunshine Action Club is organising a major event – Christmas Food Packaging on 9th December, and is requesting volunteers to join. More details regarding the event will be posted at a later date. Meanwhile for more details about the club, please email Adrian at 17yana1@dc.edu.hk or Apple at kwoka3@dc.edu.hk.

Action for a cause $3000 grants available!

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Act!on for a Cause (AFAC) is a program designed to mobilize 12 – 17 year olds from diverse backgrounds to take action on real life social issues. Organised by Kids4Kids, who activates young people to find their voice, take action, and make an impact on the world’s biggest challenges, Act!on for a Cause aims to:

  • Promote creative problem solving of real life issues
  • Mobilize youth from all backgrounds to take positive action
  • Build leadership skills and social awareness through service

Submit an outline for a Community Action Project via Kids4Kids online portal and be in the chance to receive a HK$3,000 seed grant and support from Kids4Kids professional mentors!