18th October 2020 – (Hong Kong) The Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung published a blog article today (18th) and he pointed out that President Xi Jinping gave a speech last week and provided clear directions to lead all citizens in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau to prosperity. The speech has a very important special significance for Hong Kong. He pointed out that Hong Kong should accelerate its integration with the mainland and actively participate in the domestic cycle, the Greater Bay Area Development will provide a platform for Hong Kong to facilitate participation. He also pointed out that Hong Kong is an inseparable part of the country. It is urgent to help young people understand the country and integrate into the country’s development. It is the school’s due responsibility to promote national education. It is hoped that schools will do a good job on the education of the Constitution and the Basic Law, the national anthem and national security.
Matthew Cheung pointed out that President Xi Jinping asked Shenzhen to make full use of the major cooperation platform between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau to attract more Hong Kong and Macau youths to study, work and live in the Mainland, promote extensive exchanges and in-depth integration among youths from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau to strengthen their attachment to the motherland.
In order to help students understand the country and establish a national concept, the Education Bureau has been organising or funding schools to organise exchange activities in the Mainland on different topics. Since the 2017/18 school year, the Education Bureau has provided about 100,000 exchange places each year, allowing students to have at least one opportunity for exchanges in the Mainland at the primary and secondary levels. The itinerary includes the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and a number of “Belt and Road” related mainland cities, school visits will also be arranged to allow students from the two places to exchange and build friendship together.
He expressed the hope that students will know, respect and love their country, they be trained to become responsible citizens and their awareness of national security will be strengthened. The promotion of national education is the responsibility of schools. The government will continue to support schools and teachers through multiple approaches such as teacher training, life-wide learning activities etc. Cheung pointed out that Hong Kong should grasp the special status and role conferred by the principle of “One Country, Two Systems” and combine the strengths of other regions with more innovative thinking, longer-term vision and broader minds to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results and to continue to contribute to the country’s future economic development.