Blog Tag: literacy

Opportunity to develop English literacy in Peng Chau

Posted by Peter MUIR

The Holy Family school, a small primary school in Peng Chau, is seeking some volunteers to help its students develop their English language capabilities. This would involve you developing then teaching lessons to 8-10 year old students at the school. Lessons will take place Friday afternoons between February to May. You will need to be committed to leading at least 5 lessons.  Lessons will start at 3:00 pm, meaning you would need to leave school at lunch time to take the 2:35pm ferry to Peng Chau. Lessons would finish at 4:00 pm (4:15pm return ferry). You would need to seek permission from your parents and the teacher of the lessons you may miss in order to get involved. Please email Mr Muir ( if you are interested – only committed students should apply.

Sharing for a Cause 2017

Posted by Peter MUIR

Not sure what to do with your old storybooks? Or simply looking for a fun and meaningful way to make local and regional impact?

Kids4Kids is hosting its 7th annual Sharing for a Cause donation campaign from May 1-31, 2017, to collect English storybooks for children aged 3-12. Donated books will help build mini libraries in Kids4Kids‘ local community centre partners, and benefit regional communities in need via Crossroads Foundation.

DC Kids4Kids is a proud supporter of literacy development and creative childhoods. We will place donation boxes in the G/F Foyer Entrance and invite the DC community to get involved and share for a cause!  Donate today!



Summerbridge Programme – Change the lives of youths!

Posted by Peter MUIR


A unique programme founded in 1992, Summerbridge is an NGO which aims to improve the education and confidence of underprivileged students in Hong Kong (aged 13-15), providing them with a tuition-free, quality English language course which YOU teach.

They take pride in their model of “Students Teaching Students” and are looking for students aged 16-22 to train and inspire young people committed to education, as well as offer the students with a cross-cultural exchange.

If you are looking for an opportunity for a meaningful volunteer opportunity over the summer break, then look no further than Summerbridge.  The organisation is seeking applications for student teachers for their coming summer programme , which runs from June 17th – August 11th.

Apply through their website here before March 10th.

“Books for breakfast” invite

Posted by Peter MUIR

Room 2 read

Try to imagine just for a moment what life would be like if you weren’t able to enjoy reading . . . International Literacy Day is approaching and student leaders who love to read are invited to join ‘Books for Breakfast’ on Thursday 8th September with Room to Read’s Founder John Wood and writer ambassador Nury Vittachi.

Room to Read is inviting groups of student leaders from schools all over Hong Kong to join them in celebrating Room to Read’s achievements so far and to find out how YOU can take LEADERSHIP FOR LITERACY in your own school communities.

Buffet breakfast served 8.30 – 9am.
Presentations 9 – 10am.

PLACE: INFINITI LAB, 2/F, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Rd East, Wan Chai

If you are interested please contact Mrs. Jackson, Mr. Muir, or Ms. Mather as soon as possible!

Join the DC Reading Challenge!

Posted by Peter MUIR


Join the DC Reading Challenge and help DC reach our goal – to raise HK$50,000 for the Library Project!

The Library Project donates books and libraries to under financed rural primary schools and orphanages in Asia, with the understanding that education and reading is the key motivator to breaking the cycle of poverty that exists in the developing world.

The DC Reading Challenge will involve you getting your friends and family to sponsor you to read as many books as you can in the month of May! The money we raise will go towards setting up a reading room or a reading library in a local primary school in Guangdong province.

See the Library Staff for more information!

Kids4Kids Buddy Reading Programme

Posted by Peter MUIR

Kids4Kids have started off their new round of their Buddy Reading Program, a project established to bring the enjoyment and benefits of storytelling to children who would otherwise not have the experience at home or school.

k4k buddy reading logo

On a weekly basis, volunteers aged between 8 and 17 visit various local community centres and schools to read age-appropriate stories to children. These sessions are led by a volunteer leader who is responsible for planning, running and overseeing each session.

The children at the community centres and schools get a chance to be read to and take part in fun ice-breaking and learning games during the reading session, which lasts for 1.5 to 2 hours.

To sign up as a buddy reading volunteer or to find out more details, visit the Buddy Reading Program website.

Bring me a book

Posted by Peter MUIR

BMAB logo_billingalDid you know? Hong Kong has one of the lowest rates of family literacy in the world. Just 12% of HK parents engage with their child in pre-school literacy activities (such as singing songs, telling stories and reading books). This is less than a third of the international average (37%).

Why is family literacy important? Research has found that access to quality books is crucial for reading success, and that reading out loud to children is the most important activity for their school success.

Bring Me A Book is an organisation that has helped over 120,000 children in accessing quality books through various programmes. Over 17,000 educators
and parents have participated in their read aloud training programmes.

How you can help:

  • Going to their office to help make plastic protective covers for books
  • Becoming a trained storyteller for storytelling sessions at community centres and libraries
  • Contributing new content for their website and social media platforms
  • Creating and managing a storytelling programme in the community

Find out more here

Kids4Kids Summer Internship

Posted by Peter MUIR

k4ksummer-intern-recruitmentLooking for a way of supporting the community and develop personal skills this summer? If you are between 15-17 and will be in Hong Kong, then join Kids4Kids summer internship program!

Internship Duration:
2 weeks – July 4 – July 15, 2016
4 weeks June 4 – July 29, 2016 or August 1 – August 26, 2016
8 weeks July 4 – August 26, 2016
Limited places only. Click here to see the website and application form or email for more information.

Read Across the Globe

Posted by Peter MUIR

HandsOn Hong Kong and Bring Me A Book Hong Kong are joining forces with Points of Light and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, the former US First Lady, to attempt to break the World Record for reading to the most children in a 24 hour period!

Read here for more details on the event.

Read across the globe

Bring Me A Book

Posted by Peter MUIR

bring me a book logoThe Bring Me A Book organization serves children that do not have access to quality books and reading. They offer a library and ongoing workshops in the community. Their aim is to be a “leading advocate for family literacy in Hong Kong”.  Visit the organisation’s website to check out the volunteer opportunities that includes preparing reading books and reading to children.