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Kick-off Ceremony of Enriched IT Programme in Secondary Schools (with photos)

The Financial Secretary announced in the 2014-15 Budget that “we plan to incorporate enrichment programmes in secondary schools which are outstanding in IT education. By so doing, we hope to cultivate young IT professionals and even entrepreneurs to meet the development needs of a digital society.” A funding of $75 million is provided for the implementation of the Enriched IT Programme (EITP) in secondary schools for eight school years from 2015/16 to 2022/23. The programme is a collaborative effort of schools to work with tertiary institutions, the industry and government to scout and cultivate IT talents early in their secondary school years.

The EITP comprises two complementary elements as follows —

  1. Enriched IT Class — Eight partner schools will provide intensive IT training to students (from secondary two to secondary six) who are interested and talented in IT.
  2. Enriched IT Activities — IT activities will be organised by secondary schools each year to foster a pro-IT atmosphere and stimulate interest in IT in the school community.

To mark the launching of the EITP, we organised a Kick-off Ceremony on 7 November 2015 with the Financial Secretary as the officiating guest to deliver a speech. Over 300 students and 150 other guests (including principals, teachers, parents, and IT practitioners from academia, IT industry and IT professional organisations) attended the Kick-off Ceremony held in the Conference Hall of the Central Government Offices. A multi-media animation video, which was produced by IT Class students of the partner schools, was played in the ceremony. Certificates of Enriched IT Class were presented to principals of the partner schools by the Deputy Secretary for Education of the Education Bureau. The Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) led IT Class students to pledge their full commitment to enhance their knowledge and broaden their horizon through active participation in the Enriched IT Class and related activities. To let students have a better understanding of the IT industry of Hong Kong and its development potential, an interactive discussion session with the theme “How to Cultivate the New Generation of IT Talents” was moderated by the GCIO with the participation of three guest speakers from academia and IT industry to share their valuable experience and views for joining the challenging and rewarding ICT profession.

To view the video of the Kick-off Ceremony, please click here.

Speech by Financial Secretary
Mr. John Tsang Chun-wah, GBM, JP, Financial Secretary, arrived at Kick-off Ceremony of Enriched IT Programme in Secondary Schools
Mr. John Tsang Chun-wah, GBM, JP, Financial Secretary, delivered speech at Kick-off Ceremony of Enriched IT Programme in Secondary Schools
Presentation of Certificates of Enriched IT Class
Dr. Catherine Chan, Deputy Secretary for Education of Education Bureau presented certificate of Enriched IT Class to Mr. Poon Shing-kai, Principal of Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School
Dr. Catherine Chan, Deputy Secretary for Education of Education Bureau presented certificate of Enriched IT Class to Mr. Kwong Wing-sun, Principal of Christian Alliance SW Chan Memorial College
Dr. Catherine Chan, Deputy Secretary for Education of Education Bureau presented certificate of Enriched IT Class to Mr. Wong Wing-tung, Principal of Pak Kau College
Dr. Catherine Chan, Deputy Secretary for Education of Education Bureau presented certificate of Enriched IT Class to Mr. Tam Yat-yuk, Principal of Pui Ching Middle School
Dr. Catherine Chan, Deputy Secretary for Education of Education Bureau presented certificate of Enriched IT Class to Mr. Kai Sze-fai Alex, Principal of Shun Tak Fraternal Association Yung Yau College
Dr. Catherine Chan, Deputy Secretary for Education of Education Bureau presented certificate of Enriched IT Class to Sr. Margaret Wong, Principal of St. Paul's Convent School
Dr. Catherine Chan, Deputy Secretary for Education of Education Bureau presented certificate of Enriched IT Class to Mr. Chan Wing-kit, Principal of The Y.W.C.A. Hioe Tjo Yoeng College
Dr. Catherine Chan, Deputy Secretary for Education of Education Bureau presented certificate of Enriched IT Class to Ms. Wong Wai-yee, Vice Principal of Tin Ka Ping Secondary School
Certificates of Enriched IT Class
Swear In Ceremony
Ir. Allen Yeung, Government Chief Information Officer, led over 300 students to pledge at the kick-off ceremony of Enriched IT Programme in Secondary Schools
Students pledged at the kick-off ceremony of Enriched IT Programme in Secondary Schools
Swear in ceremony was completed successfully
Group Photos Taken On Stage and Down the Stage
Group Photo taken by Guests and Principals of Partner Schools
Group Photo taken by Guests, Principals of Partner Schools and Steering Committee Members
Group Photo taken by Guests and Enriched IT Class Students
Mr. John Tsang Chun-wah, GBM, JP, Financial Secretary, Ir. Allen Yeung, Government Chief Information Officer, and Mr. Nicholas W Yang, the Advisor to the Chief Executive on Innovation and Technology, taken photo with other guests and students at the kick-off ceremony
Group Photo of Guests, Principals of Partner Schools and Enriched IT Class Students
Group Photo of Guests, Principals of Partner Schools and Enriched IT Class Students
Interactive Discussion Session – “How to Cultivate the New Generation of IT Talents”
Interactive discussion session with Ir. Allen Yeung, Government Chief Information Officer, as moderator and participation of three guests (Prof. Wong Kam-fai, Mr. Jason Chiu and Mr. Gabriel Pang)
Interactive discussion session
Ir. Allen Yeung, Government Chief Information Officer, hosted an interactive discussion session on how to cultivate the new generation of IT talents
Student raised questions in the interactive discussion session
Student raised questions in the interactive discussion session
Parent participated in the interactive discussion session
Group Photos
Group Photo of Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School
Group Photo of Christian Alliance SW Chan Memorial College
Group Photo of Pak Kau College
Group Photo of Pui Ching Middle School
Group Photo of Shun Tak Fraternal Association Yung Yau College
Group Photo of St. Paul's Convent School
Group Photo of The Y.W.C.A. Hioe Tjo Yoeng College
Group Photo of Tin Ka Ping Secondary School
Group Photo of OGCIO’s Crew