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Applications invited for Children's Rights Education Funding Scheme

     The Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau is inviting applications under the 2015 Children's Rights Education Funding Scheme.

     A spokesman for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said today (September 10), "The Government is committed to working together with community organisations to promote the rights of children. The Government will undertake a series of programmes to promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and enhance the public's understanding of children's rights."

     Enthusiastic support from organisations for the Scheme has been received in every cycle since its establishment in 2006. The community activities funded under the Scheme have targeted different social groups, and have enhanced the public's awareness of children's rights. So far, the Scheme has funded more than 200 projects carried out by various non-government organisations, including community organisations, children's groups, ethnic minority groups and secondary and primary schools.

     The Scheme in 2015 continues to offer sponsorships under "General Project" and "Theme Project" categories. Projects sponsored under the "Theme Project" category shall adopt "Children's All-Round Education" as the theme. Applicants may organise all types of activities and services to encourage children to develop their personalities, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential. The Government aims to encourage and enable more community organisations to undertake educational projects to enhance stakeholders' understanding of the children's rights enshrined in the Convention.

     Application forms are available from the website of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau (www.cmab.gov.hk/en/issues/child_funding.htm) and at all Public Enquiry Service Centres of the District Offices. The deadline for application is October 24, 2014.

     For enquiries, please contact the Children's Rights Unit of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau at 2810 3950.

Ends/Wednesday, September 10, 2014