The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international cultural relations organisation founded in 1934. They have o ces in 233 towns and cities in 109 countries worldwide. They started their work here in Hong Kong in 1948.
The work of the British Council includes teaching English, providing the latest information about the UK; promoting British education and training, working closely with governments on reform and good governance and demonstrating the innovation, creativity and excellence of British science, arts, literature and design.
Since they started their operation in Hong Kong in 1948, they have wanted to ensure that they have a positive impact on people and the community. They contribute to society through di erent projects and programmes, aiming to use UK strengths to serve local needs.
eslite Causeway Bay store is the biggest bookstore in Hong Kong which carries the largest amount of titles. eslite believes in ‘books, and everything in between’. It was refected in the different dimensions and diversities of the planning of the bookstore, like “Project One” is an art space and “eslite Forum” is an area for cultural events and seminars. Beside books, eslite also provides audio and visual materials, stationaries and in-house design products. With the core value of ‘humanity, arts, creativity and lifestyle’, eslite invests much e ort in enhancing and advocating the cultural development in the Chinese ethnicity. eslite has been managing the business for 25 years in Taiwan and it is a cultural brand pioneer in the area.
While language is a medium to express, reading is the best way to stimulate one’s thoughts and expand the collection of ideas. eslite believes cultivating the habit of reading is as important as language education. Thus, they hope sponsoring this event can help spread the reading culture among Hong Kong student.
Hong Kong Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council
Introduced in September 1991, the Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) was set up in response to the recommendations of the Education Commission in its Report No.3 and approved by the Executive Council. The Government encourages non- government secondary schools which have attained a su ciently high educational standard to join the DSS by providing subsidies in order to enhance the quality of private school education. Under the scheme, schools are free to decide on their curriculum, fees and entrance requirements. In March 1999, the Executive Council accepted the recommendations of a review of private school policy to allow aided primary schools to join the DSS from the 2000-01 school year onwards.
Their aim is to develop a strong private school sector by providing high quality schools other than government and aided schools so that parents have greater choice in nding suitable schools for their children.
Hong Kong Education City
Hong Kong Education City Limited (HKEdCity) was incorporated in 2002 as a wholly-owned company of the Government of the HKSAR under the Education Bureau, with the mission to promote and support eLearning in secondary and primary schools in Hong Kong. HKEdCity owns and operates one of the prime education portals in Hong Kong, the HKEdCity.NET, which serves teachers, students and parents. Almost all registered teachers in Hong Kong and 80% of secondary and primary students are members of HKEdCity.
Junior Writers Award (JWA) is a meaningful event to encourage students to think independently and critically, and to articulate their thoughts and ideas in eloquent written English. This is in tandem with the mission of HKEdCity to equip students with 21st century skills to cope with the challenges in this ever- changing world. They believe that through this competition, students can be trained to express their ideas con dently with multiple perspectives, and be inspired by teachers and peers to further develop their interest in writing.
HKEdCity also strives to develop students’ writing skills through the eWorks platform. Believing that greater impacts and bene ts to students can be achieved through partnership and collaboration with organisations that share the same vision, JWA is one such event that HKEdCity highly recommend to students, and they are honoured to be a supporting organisation.
Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence. They have an incredibly diverse publishing programme, which often surprises people who are expecting a traditional university press offering.
They publish in many countries, in more than 40 languages, and in a variety of formats–print and digital. Their products cover an extremely broad academic and educational spectrum, and they aim to make their content available to our users in whichever format suits them best.
As a department of the University of Oxford, their worldwide publishing furthers the University’s objectives of excellence in scholarship, research, and education. Their main criteria when evaluating a new title for publication are its quality and whether it supports those aims of furthering education and disseminating knowledge.