Peace and Education
Futures of Education
In September 2019, UNESCO launched the "Futures of Education" initiative to re-imagine how, in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and precarity, knowledge and learning can shape the futures of humanity. From climate change and artificial intelligence to growing inequalities, UNESCO wants to respond to these challenges, as well as safeguard education and ensure the well-being of future generations.
Rotary has a long history of being a peacebuilder in the world and partner of service to UNESCO. Due to our organizations’ close relationship, we would thus like to seek insight from Rotarians on how the landscape of education should be changed. We are especially grateful for the contribution made to our local education system by Rotarians individually and collectively over the years.
Rotary fully supports the Futures of Education: Learning to Become initiative. RAGFP Hong Kong & Macao Chapter is gathering insights from Rotarians through a survey and interviews.
"Futures of Education" from the perspective of Rotarians
(in alphabetical order)
PDG Moses Cheng GBM, GBS, OBE, JP
Rotary Club of Hong Kong Northeast
Former Chair, Education Commission
"The most important aspect with education Rotarians must try to promote, besides helping the younger generation to learn, is the inculcation of values of life."
PDG Eugene Fong
Rotary Club of Kowloon West
Chairman, Committee on Home-School Co-operation, Education Bureau
"Today’s young people care a lot about society. Rotary offers them a big platform and instils the Rotarian spirit of service in a youth leader." [Translated]
PDG Joseph Lee GBS, OStJ, JP
Rotary Club of Kowloon North
Former Vice-Chairman, Vocational Training Council
"The most important thing in education is to instil virtue. We should nurture ‘moral leaders’, who gain support from others, have good attitudes and the heart to serve the community. The ultimate purpose of Rotarian activities – that serving people and loving people are important – can help improve the educational system." [Translated]
PDG YK Cheng BBS, JP
Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island East
Former Council Chair, Baptist University
"The days of intensive classroom teaching and learning might be a thing of the past. Rotary has a role to play in helping young people to get exposed to community needs.
Technical and liberal education, the latter focusing on the human element, need to be in balance."
CP Herman Hu SBS, JP
Rotary Club of Admiralty
Former Council Chair, City University of Hong Kong
"Rotary can offer a lot of things to train young people to become leaders, who are good listeners, and are able to accommodate differences and reduce conflicts. These qualities are especially important in this new era."
Professor Dr Samuel Leong
Rotary Club of Hong Kong (Honorary Member)
Former Deputy Director, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Future education should produce ‘smart humans’; their lifelong education should include the ‘art’ of humanising and harmonizing differences and anomalies made of 5Hs:
nurture Humans (with heart);
create Hope (in life);
develop a sense of History;
Hold on or Harness what was of sustainable value from the past;
cultivate a sense of Humour.
PP Victor Chu CBE
Rotary Club of Hong Kong
Council Chair, University College London
"It’s only through peace that we can sustain prosperity and give us an opportunity to tackle some structural issues. We must give opportunity to today’s youths to strengthen social justice, equality and inclusion."
PP Howard Lam
Rotary Club of Shenzhen
Director, EMBA Programme,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
"In the ever-changing world, we should have a good attitude, and understand the underlying principles of things instead of hard cold facts." [Translated]
PP Tim Lui SBS, JP
Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island East
Chair, Education Commission
Education should produce what I call ‘adaptive responsible citizens’, which play a role in sustainability and act as responsible global citizens. They are equipped with:
Communication and language skills;
Critical thinking mindset; and
Whole-person development and positive moral values.
Futures of Education Survey from a Rotary Perspective
In 1942, a group of Rotarians came together in London and had a dialogue that became the precursor to UNESCO, and ‘Supporting Education’ was then established as one of the Rotarian Causes guiding our services through the years.
Today, we invite you to engage into another dialogue in a survey conducted by the RAGFP Hong Kong & Macao Chapter, to re-imagine how knowledge and learning can shape the futures of humanity in a world of increasing complexity and uncertainty.
Take part in our survey: bit.ly/RAGFP-eduSurvey