The Hong Kong Award for Young People, formerly known as The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, is a worldwide organization for young people aged from 14 to 25. Members are encouraged to complete the three awards-Bronze, Silver and Gold by fulfilling the requirements of 4 sections, namely Service, Expedition, Physical Recreation and Skills, whereas the Gold award candidates are required to complete an extra section-Residential Project before the authorization of the award.
This year, The Hong Kong Award for Young People of Wah Yan College, Kowloon joined the Education Department Operating Authority as a User Unit. With their help, we gave more opportunity to the participants to attend the joint school courses of the 5 sections. Apart from the courses organized by the Education Department Operating Authority, we have organized several activities to ensure the members have enough opportunity to complete the 5 sections of the award.
First of all, we have organized a joint school service project with St. Rose of Lima's College during the Christmas and Lunar Holiday, the participants showed enthusiastic response and gained variable experience. Furthermore, we arranged a First Aid course with Ying Wa Girls' School and a summer service programme with Maryknoll Convent School.
In order to achieve our aim, we have also arranged several courses for the Skill and Physical Recreation Section, e.g. Acoustic Guitar Course, Orienteering Course and Windsurfing Course. We have also arranged some joint school courses such as Fencing Course with Holy Family Canossian College and Sign Language Course with Maryknoll Convent School. These programmes encouraged participants to develop their own interest. It also let them to find out their potentials and temper the spirit of self-learning and self-discipline.
Finally, the Joint School Summer Camp was held between 21st July, 2002 and 23rd July, 2002 with Ying Wa Girls' School at Hong Kong Red Cross Shek Pik Camp. This camp let the participants to practice hiking skills and campcraft, which are essential for Expedition Section. The camp was a great success and the participants were encouraged a spirit of adventure & discovery.
Appreciation should be given to Mr. Norman So, our User Unit Controller, Mr. Wong Kwok Wah, Mr. Seto Wai Wah, Mr. Chow Ping Wa, our User Unit Leaders, and Mr. Chan Chi Tso, our Instructor. Without their valuable advice and support, this User Unit would not be so successful throughout the year.