Territory-wide inter-school National Security Knowledge Challenge promotes constitutional understanding and national security education

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Photo shows (from left) the Director of the liaison office of the Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Deng Jianwei; the Chairman of the Hong Kong Shine Tak Foundation, Mrs Tung Ng Ling-ling; the Secretary for Justice, Mr Paul Lam, SC; the Secretary for Security, Mr Tang Ping-keung; and the Under Secretary for Education, Mr Sze Chun-fai, officiating at the ceremony.

3rd December 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Department of Justice (DoJ), the Security Bureau, the Education Bureau (EDB), and the Hong Kong Shine Tak Foundation have joined forces to organize the Territory-wide Inter-school National Security Knowledge Challenge. A launching ceremony took place today (December 3) at the former French Mission Building, in line with Constitution Day tomorrow (December 4) and National Security Education Day on April 15 next year. The aim is to enhance students’ understanding of the Constitution, the Basic Law, and the Hong Kong National Security Law (NSL).

In a video speech, Chief Executive Mr. John Lee expressed his hope that participating students would gain a deeper understanding of the NSL and the holistic view of national security. He encouraged students to share their knowledge and thoughts acquired from the Challenge with their family members and friends, becoming advocates for national security education and actively contributing to safeguarding national security. Mr. Lee also called for the full support of the community in the legislative exercise on Article 23 of the Basic Law, fulfilling the constitutional responsibility of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and their civic duty in safeguarding national security.

Secretary for Justice Mr. Paul Lam, SC, officiating at the ceremony, emphasized that national security is the foundation of national stability. Respecting and abiding by laws to safeguard national security is not only a legal responsibility but also an obligation for citizens. He highlighted the importance of understanding national security during school years, as it helps cultivate a sense of national identity and a proper understanding of civic responsibilities.

Secretary for Security Mr. Tang Ping-keung, also officiating at the ceremony, stated that the government consistently introduces new initiatives for national security education. He noted that the Challenge combines the professional legal knowledge of the DoJ, the networks of schools and students from the EDB, and the experience and resources of the Hong Kong Shine Tak Foundation, aiming to provide a comprehensive national security education with a wide reach.

During his address, Under Secretary for Education Mr. Sze Chun-fai highlighted the significant participation in the Challenge, with over 102,000 students from 585 secondary and primary schools taking part in the online heat round, reaching an all-time high. This demonstrates the education sector’s commitment to promoting national security education and its support for the initiative.

The Challenge takes the form of a quiz and is divided into primary school and secondary school sections, including team and individual competitions. Fifty-four secondary and primary schools have advanced to the quarter-finals, where they will compete for the championship.

Highlights of the launching ceremony and the Challenge will be broadcast on the program “Our Home Our Country” on HOY Infotainment at 10.30pm on Sundays, starting from today until mid-April next year. The program also features a segment on national security knowledge to deepen public understanding of national security concepts.