Sixty Elderly Graduates Receive Certificates for Joining Second Phase of HKBU’s Inter-generational Community of Practice project

2014-08-29

Sixty older adults who joined the second phase of the Inter-generational Community of Practice project launched by the Faculty of Social Sciences donned graduation gowns and received their certificates at a ceremony held at 14 July. The elderly graduates are from Kowloon City Baptist Church Neighbourhood Elderly Centre (Lok Fu) and Hong Kong SKH Lok Man Alice Kwok Integrated Service Centre.  

Also attending the ceremony were 33 HKBU students who organised the activities for the older adults, 18 students from Lee Kau Yan Memorial School who assisted in running the activities as well as HKBU scholars and professionals who guided students in organising the activities.  

Officiating guests included Professor Allan Chan, Associate Vice-President, Professor Atara Sivan, Associate Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ms Helen Yiu, Supervisor, Kowloon City Baptist Church Neighbourhood Elderly Centre (Lok Fu), Ms Law Kit-ying, District Director, H.K.S.K.H. Welfare Council Ltd, and Mr Jonathan Lai, Principal, Lee Kau Yan Memorial School.
 

In his speech, Professor Chan said this year’s activities were the fruit of collaboration between university students, secondary school students and older adults. The activities also provided HKBU students with an opportunity to give back to society. The graduation ceremony embodied the spirit of the old and the young having fun together. Ms Yiu said she saw the beauty of harmony in the activities and beautiful things being passed from the older generation to the young. Ms Law said the activities gave the older adults and the youngsters a chance to understand and enrich one another’s lives. Mr Lai thanked HKBU for its trust in their teachers and students and the opportunity given to their students to learn outside the classroom. Professor Sivan expressed gratitude to all participating organisations and individuals for contributing to the smooth running of the activities.  

At the ceremony, HKBU students, Lee Kau Yan Memorial School students and elderly graduates gave piano, dancing and singing performances as well as shared their experiences in participating in the activities. Older adult Ms Lau thanked the students for organising activities such as physical exercise, healthy eating tips and bag making. She said she liked the environment-friendly bag that students taught her to embellish, saying that it could not be bought with money. Ms Lau cherished the bag very much as it reminded her of the happy time she spent with the teachers and students. HKBU student Fiona said the older adults were very involved in the activities. She learned to have a positive learning attitude from them. Lee Kau Yan Memorial School student Tsz-ying said she had a good time with the older adults and thanked them for treating students with love. Dr Lobo Louie from the Department of Physical Education encouraged the older adults and students to continue doing exercise.  

Last year, the Faculty of Social Sciences launched a three-year Inter-generational Community of Practice project to provide a platform for university teaching staff, professionals, university students, secondary school students and older adults to interact with and learn from one another. A unique characteristic of the second phase of the project was that HKBU students invited secondary school students and four older adults who participated in last year’s activities to join them in planning this year’s programmes to ensure that they were of interest to elderly people. This year, two activity series were launched with new elements such as environmental protection and healthy eating.  


The transdisciplinary multi-layered Community of Practice project is led by Professor Atara Sivan. Its members comprise teaching staff from the Department of Education Studies (Professor Vicky Tam, Mr Yeung Siu-wing, Dr Kwan Yee-wan, Mr Eugene Tam and Mr Michael Ho), the Department of Physical Education (Dr Lobo Louie), the Department of Social Work (Professor Petrus Ng, Mr Ng Siu-hung and Dr Esther Cho) and the Department of Sociology (Dr Odalia Wong). HKBU students joining the project come from various Faculties, Schools and Departments.