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PEACE, CONFLICT, AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, NEWS AND EVENTS FROM THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP

 

Our inaugural event
A screening of "First, they killed my father"
We had our first event on Friday, 15th of February and we would all like to sincerely thank everyone who
attended. We would like to thank all our guests from the Cambodian Association of Hong Kong, in particular
Mr Ravindra Ngo, Mr Vikrant Chap, and Mr Vutha Ros, for sharing the event with others and for leading the
discussion after the movie screening.
Although it was a sensitive topic, and deeply personal for several of the attendees, we all benefited
from the sincere and enlightening discussion we shared afterwards. I think we all took away a better
understanding of how genocides affect nations and how universal and resilient the human spirit is.
It was not just about loss though, as we discussed the future of Cambodia and the issues the nation now faces.
It must recoup it's economic loss, its cultural identity, and its history. This will be a difficult process and there is
uncertainty how it could or should be achieved so it will be a tricky road to walk. Cambodia has a rich cultural
and national identity, which has been partly forgotten because of the tragedies committed under the Khmer
Rouge, but there is an identity, and possibly going beyond the recent history is a way to find it.
I think we all hope that Cambodia will not be lost to the highest bidder though. For a land so beautiful and a
people so kind and strong, the tragic past events will hopefully not leave a dark mark for long. We look
forward to working with the Cambodian Association of Hong Kong further through CERC and being able to
spread more awareness and understanding.




Our next event:
Thursday 21st March at 18:00
in Runme Shaw Building, Room 403
Why are there so many shootings in places that should be considered safe spaces? What are the dynamics
taking place between race, politics, economics, sexuality, and how do these contribute to the prevalence of
gun violence in the USA? What can be done and who can do it?
Join us to share your thoughts and hopefully gain a new perspective on gun violence in schools in the USA.
We'll be looking at the people behind the tragic statistics and enhancing our shared knowledge through a
presentation, two very moving and informative TED talks, and discussions throughout.
Please come and bring your questions and opinions, all our welcome to voice their thoughts.
Here are some links to help start the conversation:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/09/sandy-hook-promise-gun-violence-school-shootingreport-2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/local/us-school-shootings-history/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8a109f65ad16
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts
10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47396340 We look forward to seeing you there. Please share the event with your friends and colleagues. Register here for the event: https://goo.gl/forms/VWsUuNTm3RAYztFs1 Please join us in sharing your thoughts and views.

 

CGSED Alumni Dinner

CGSED dinner.Dec 2017.5The MEd (CGSED) group has established a tradition of an annual alumni dinner. Vivica Xiong (2011-13) is the organizer, and on 14 December 2017 convened 20 past and present students at the Bijas restaurant on the HKU campus. In the line-up group photograph, Vivica is second from the left.

 

The event is an occasion not only to celebrate but also to network and learn from each CGSED dinner.Dec 2017.3aother. The CGSED students benefit not only from their peers but also their predecessors, finding intern opportunities and even future employment.

Many students wore the special T shirt designed by the current cohort. Once again, it shows splendid group spirit!

 

 

 

 

CGSED T Shirts

The 2017/18 cohort of MEd students in Comparative and Global Studies in Education and Development (CGSED) is perhaps even more dynamic and team-spirited than its predecessors!

CGSED T shirt.front

The students have designed a special T shirt to display their identity. On the front is the name of the specialization alongside the Bray & Thomas cube which has been a core component of their course. And on the back are key words, including:

 

    • context,
    • juxtaposition, and
  • yes, but…

CGSED T shirt.back

Indeed the T shirt is a splendid summary of some core principles and a demonstration of creativity and team spirit!

 

CERC Round Table on UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report

Each year, UNESCO produces a Global Education Monitoring Report to assess progress towards the fourth of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which focuses on education and has a target date of 2030. In addition to statistical assessments, the report has a theme. For 2017/18, the theme is ‘Accountability in Education’.

CERC will host a Round Table to discuss the Report, which can be accessed here.

Who: Mark Bray (Chair), Wesley Teter, Zhang Wei, Ora Kwo, Sherzod Khaydarov – and all other around the Round Table.

When: Friday 12 January, 2.00 pm

Where: Meng Wah 531.

Come to learn about the Report and to discuss the themes with colleagues. All are welcome!

GEM Report 2017_18 RT_poster1

Supplementary Education: Identifying and Crossing Boundaries

On 9 and 10 December 2017, CERC hosted a remarkable Policy Forum entitled ‘Public-Private Partnerships in Supplementary Education: Sharing Experiences in East Asian Contexts’. The event was co-hosted with UNESCO, and attracted 53 participants from governments, companies, schools, and research institutions from Hong Kong, Japan, Mainland China, and the Republic of Korea.

Group pictureThe starting point was recognition that boundaries in education are less firm than before. Traditionally, formal schooling has been responsibility and domain of the public sector, but recent decades have brought a flourishing private sector in supplementary education. Most obvious is the academic form, provided by small, medium-sized and large companies.

“This was a unique gathering”, remarked ART_5297Mark Bray, the HKU’s UNESCO Chair Professor in Comparative Education. “It is breaking new conceptual ground”, he added, “not only in the four jurisdictions but also globally.” The University, he pointed out, provides a neutral arena in which stakeholders can dialogue on sensitive topics to identify ways forward in service of the common good.

The event brought together directors from both large and small companies, officers in Ministries of Education, and Associations of Supplementary Education Providers.

ART_5242The organizers did not seek consensus on a single mode of operation for every jurisdiction. Rather, they placed in the arena sets of experiences for participants to discuss and learn from each other. They noted that the burden of governments worried about regulation can be alleviated when the supplementary education providers engage in self-regulation. Participants heard various examples, highlighting ways in which all stakeholders can follow their own mandates yet productively serve the common good.

The next steps will include dissemination of key points. Ms Huong Le Thu indicated that UNESCO will play a role, using its global platform to disseminate the findings from East Asia to the wider community.

Upgrading and Regulating the Tutoring Industry in China

The tutoring industry in China, as elsewhere, is developing at great speed. The number of tutors now approximates the number IMG_1119of teachers. The sector thus has far-reaching influence on the lives of children and families, and is a major employer.

China’s authorities are concerned about standards in the industry, and perceive a need to regulate the competences of tutors. They asked the Chinese Society of Education (CSE), which was established in 1979 and acts as a bridge between the Ministry of Education and other actors, to consult key players on scope and mechanisms for regulation. A draft document has been prepared.

On 27 December 2016, the CSE convened a major conference in Beijing to consider the matter. Mark Bray made an opening statement calling attention to UNESCO goals, and he and Ora Kwo then jointly presented a keynote address. Their messages drew attention to social responsibilities, and gave prominence to the Chinese translation of their book Regulating Private Tutoring for Public Good that had been co-published in 2015 by the HKU Comparative Education Research Centre, UNESCO-Beijing, and the China Education Training Union.

The whole-day event attracted major players from the tutoring industry, and considerable press coverage. Ora Kwo has been appointed to a 10-person committee to take proposals to the next stage.

 

 

 

 

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