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Basic Law competition draws out students' creativity

The promotion of the Basic Law among students could be done effectively by engaging them in extra-curricular activities besides teaching the concepts in various subjects, said the Secretary for Constitutional Affairs (SCA), Mr Stephen Lam, today (July 13).

Speaking at the "Basic Law Promotion Day" Competition prize presentation ceremony, Mr Lam said that the competition adopted an innovative format by asking the participants to design the Basic Law promotional programmes themselves.

He said: "We believe the activities thus organised will suit the tastes of the youngsters and the students because the ideas came from their peers."

Co-organised by the Constitutional Affairs Bureau (CAB) and the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB), the competition aimed to increase student's interest in the Basic Law; enhance their understanding of the "One Country, Two Systems" concept; and how the implementation of the mini-constitution affected their lives.

The form three and form four students submitted proposals for one-day activities to promote the Basic Law in schools. They were given the theme of "The implementation of 'One Country, Two Systems'".

Among the five winning entries, there are plans to hold intra-school competitions that cater for the different grades and interests among students. There will also be activities such as dramas, debates in Putonghua on issues relating to the Basic Law, mock Mainland and Hong Kong court trials, a tongue-twisters contest on the Basic Law provisions, and funfairs featuring snacks with new names drawing inspiration from the Basic Law.

As well as receiving prizes, the award-winning schools will be able to put their proposals into practice. The CAB will give sponsorship of up to $10,000 to these schools to stage a "Basic Law Promotion Day" in October. The activities will be based on the winning entries.

Members of the winning teams today were awarded a seven-day trip to Beijing in August. Apart from touring places of historic interest, the students will also visit government agencies, and meet with officials and their counterparts in a secondary school.

The competition has drawn 68 entries from 53 schools (each school could send at most two entries) in the two-month submission period. The winning teams were also awarded trophies, award certificates and book coupons worth from $100 to $500 in addition to the Beijing trip. The results are as follows:

St. Paul's School (Lam Tin) - Ivy Lam, Elaine Lam, Yolanda Yu, Gillian Lam, Sally Lui
First Runner-up:
Madam Lau Kam Lung Secondary School of Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery - Ho Mei Kwan, Lee Sin Ting, Ma Po Yi, Pang Nga Yin, Man Ka Yiu
Second Runner-up:
Diocesan Girls' School - Lillian Cham Wing Chi, Jamilla Li Wai Yan, Lo Yee Sum, Wan Sau Man
Merit Award:
Fukien Secondary School (Siu Sai Wan) - Cheung Man Cheon, Ng Hiu Ping, Chiu Mei Yi, Pong King Lun, Wong Chi Kwan
Lai Chack Middle School - Wong Pui Man, Fu Tsz Fung, Chan Ka Yan, Chan Lai Chu, Ho Ying Ying
Best Performance Award: St. Paul's School (Lam Tin)

As well as the Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, the Deputy Director of Home Affairs, Miss Janet Wong; Convenor of the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee's Working Group on Teachers and Students, Mr Wong Yuk Tong and EMB's Curriculum Development Officer (Moral and Civic Education) Mrs See Lam Pui Shan, also presented prizes at the ceremony today.

Ends/Tuesday, July 13, 2004