Special: 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (second from right) attends the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Teachers’ Mall and Hong Kong Cultural Core on Tuesday. (CHINA DAILY)
A new culture and education recreation center that offers comprehensive support to teachers and students opened in Hong Kong on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the city’s return to the motherland.
The Hong Kong Cultural Core, a five-story building formerly known as Mei Kwun Mansion on Shanghai Street in Mong Kok, was transformed from a residential building with over 50 years of history.
The Cultural Core was established to provide an enjoyable experience and environment for teachers and students, as well as to fuel Hong Kong’s drive to become a hub for artistic and cultural exchange between China and the rest of the world, according to the 14th Annual Plan (2021-25).
Covering more than 1,950 square meters, the venue includes two storey bookstores, an education center for students, a training center for teachers to improve their skills, and a shopping center that sells supplies. teaching aids and other daily necessities.
It was jointly established by the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers, one of the city’s leading education groups with over 49,000 members, and the Sino United Publishing Group of Bauhinia Cultural Holdings.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the cultural monument, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said establishing the venue is important as it will promote the education and cultural development of the town.
Lam said his government attaches great importance to the development of education in the city. Over the past five years, he has greatly increased investment in education, strengthened teacher training and management, and promoted education on national security and other affairs concerning the country.
The outgoing leader said that after leaving office in July, she would still be willing to engage in the training of teachers and civil servants and share her experience in implementing “one country, two systems”.
Also speaking at the event was Chief Executive Designate John Lee Ka-chiu, who said the younger generation is the future of Hong Kong. He also said that the mission of teachers is not only to impart common knowledge, but also to train students to be an ideal, responsible and law-abiding generation that keeps the country in mind when turning out to the world to make a contribution to the city. , the country and even the world.
Mao Chaofeng, chairman of Bauhinia Culture Holdings, said the education center will provide more qualified services and products in the future, aiming to play a bigger role in Hong Kong’s goal of being a international cultural and artistic center.
“I think it’s very considerate that the mall here can provide a lot of different things to teachers at reasonable prices,” said Wong Kar-yui, 34, a teacher at Kwun Tong Government Secondary School. Wong expressed hope that more exchange activities will take place at the venue for teachers to participate.