EdUHK Celebrates a Decade of Promoting Religious Education with Seminar on Leadership and Teaching in Religious Schools
Hundreds of school principals and frontline educators gathered today (8 April) for the Leadership and Teaching of Religious Schools Seminar for Professional Development cum 10th Anniversary Exhibition organised by the Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education (CRSE) at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK).
Seminar participants discussed issues such as how religious schools, constituting half of all schools in Hong Kong, preserve their high manpower standards and transform their own religious elements into resources for nurturing students’ lives.
In his welcoming remarks, Professor John Lee Chi-kin, Director of CRSE, said that life education and the promotion of a global ethic were CRSE’s two major achievements in the past ten years. The Centre, he explained, had served more than 2,500 teachers and 28,000 students through various projects and activities. He added that CRSE’s major concerns were “positive value education, morality and character education, and life and moral education for parents. In future, CRSE will make use of its multi-religious and multi-cultural background to help students develop 21 century competencies such as a global vision and cultural adaptability, to build a positive campus life culture, and to promote Chinese culture to the community and on campus”.
As the officiating guest of the event, Ms Florence Hui, HKSAR Under Secretary for Home Affairs, indicated that exchange among different religions has profound impact to both cultural development and social advancement. CRSE has persistently promoted religious and spirituality education, and its works undergoing and outcomes of future plans are thus epoch-making for Hong Kong society.
During the seminar, Mr Li Chin-wa, Co-Director of CRSE, pointed out that religion is a core element of all cultures. Religious study is essential for understanding ethnicities all over the world, he suggested, helping students to develop open minds and global citizenship. He added that religions help students further understand the meaning of life, and expressed hope that school-sponsoring bodies and frontline educators would take religious values seriously and promote religious elements to enhance students’ lives.
For more details on the event, please visit: https://www.eduhk.hk/crse/view.php?m=50589&secid=50589&id=50165