About the Fund
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Life-wide Learning Fund (the Fund) has been jointly established by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (the Club's Charities Trust) and the Education Bureau (EDB) since 2002 to subsidise the financially needy students to participate in Life-wide Learning activities organised or recongised by schools for whole-person development. The target students include those:
(i) receiving "Comprehensive Social Security Assistance", or
(ii) receiving full grant under School Textbook Assistance Scheme (full grant), or
(iii) meeting the school's established “financially needy” criteria.
Up to the 2014/15 school year, the Club's Charities Trust has donated in total more than $640 million. Over the past three school years, more than 200 000 students have been benefited on average. The Fund has gained wide support from the community all the years and therefore, the Club's Charities Trust will continue to support the Fund for the coming three years (2016 to 2018) with a donation of $278 million to benefit more students.
Under the ongoing curriculum renewal of the Learning to Learn reform, the Fund continues to promote whole-person development and cultivate students' positive values and attitudes through subsidising needy students to participate in Life-wide Learning activities so as to help them acquire the five essential learning experiences, namely, Intellectual Development, Moral and Civic Education, Community Service, Physical and Aesthetic Development and Career-related Experiences. The new phase of the Fund will take "Fit to Learn, Serve to Learn" as its theme, and so will put more emphasis on adopting a healthy lifestyle through physical activities, as well as providing students with more opportunities for community service to nurture caring mind and relevant generic skills for life-long learning.
Schools, wishing to apply for their needy students, are required to respond to the relevant Circular Memorandum issued by the EDB each year. Parents and students please contact the respective schools directly for details of application.
Life-wide Learning is a strategy which extends student learning from the classroom to other learning contexts. It aims to let students learn beyond the classroom and acquire different essential learning experiences in authentic contexts. Engaging in diverse Life-wide Learning activities, students are enabled to find out their interests and potential, develop and apply various generic skills as well as nurture positive values and attitudes in order to achieve whole-person development.
Schools can flexibly make use of various settings and deploy resources available in our community in order to, with suitable combinations of time, place and people, create suitable learning contexts to implement Life-wide Learning. Schools should enable students to acquire the following five essential learning experiences and ensure they are given equal Life-wide Learning opportunities:
1. Intellectual Development (mostly through classroom learning in KLAs)
2. Moral and Civic Education (character formation)
3. Community Service
4. Physical and Aesthetic Development
5. Career-related Experiences
Schools may also connect with different organisations in our community to provide students with quality life-wide learning programmes so as to enrich their learning experiences.
Life-wide Learning creates opportunities for students to acquire experiential learning in real contexts. It helps students to achieve the aims of whole-person development and enables them to develop the life-long learning capabilities that are needed in our ever-changing society.