EdUHK Receives Donation to Develop Online Learning Platform for Disadvantaged Students
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) received a donation from the Shang Shin Chun Tong Charitable Foundation and Venture Global Limited to develop an online learning platform for students from economically disadvantaged families.
This project is led by Dr Kevin Yung Wai-ho, Assistant Professor at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. In partnership with Mr Chan Hung, Founder of Principal Chan Free Tutorial World and EdUHK honorary fellow, the project aims to support student learning through self-study videos, as well as teaching and learning resources available for volunteer tutors and students on the online platform.
“This project provides an opportunity to engage the community and contribute to a much-neglected aspect of education,” Dr Yung said. “Private tutoring is common in Asia and around the world, but financially disadvantaged students may not be able to afford it. As such, I have collaborated with Principal Chan, who has been helping underprivileged students by offering them the opportunity to receive tutoring for free. This project has further strengthened our collaboration and the university-community partnership. It has also expanded my focus of research from fee-paying to fee-free tutoring.”
Kick-started in September 2021, student teachers at the University participate the project by reviewing teaching videos for Chinese, English and Mathematics, suggesting improvements and soliciting feedback from users about the effectiveness. The project also aims to find out more about underprivileged students’ learning experiences and the challenges they face in mainstream schools. This in turn will inform policymakers of the extra support needed for minimising educational inequalities.
Dr Kevin Yung Wai-ho (right) pictured with Principal Chan Hung