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Children's Rights Education Funding Scheme opens for application

     The Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau (CMAB) is inviting applications under the 2016 Children's Rights Education Funding Scheme. The deadline for applications is October 30, 2015.

     A spokesman for the CMAB said today (August 21), "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 during every cycle since its establishment in 2006. Community activities funded under the Scheme have been targeted at different social groups and have enhanced the public's awareness of children's rights. So far, the Scheme has funded around 270 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 2016 continues to offer sponsorships under "General Project" and "Theme Project" categories. Projects sponsored under the "Theme Project" category shall adopt "Joyful development of children's mental and physical abilities" as the theme. Applicants should seek, through organising various 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 CMAB (www.cmab.gov.hk/en/issues/child_funding.htm). For enquiries, please contact the Children's Rights Unit of the CMAB at 2810 3950.

Ends/Friday, August 21, 2015
Issued at HKT 11:01