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2013-12
Bouncing ideas off the Education Team of The Forbidden City Children' s Programme in Beijing
04-12-2013 ── 07-12-2013

The Hong Kong education team met their Mainland colleagues in Beijing, where they participated in classroom activities and joined the local students in their field trip to the imperial palace. 

The tutors commended the nine-session programme for motivating students to learn about traditional Chinese culture with its rich content and engaging presentation. Popular with students and parents alike, the programme has graduated its first cohort of 16 students since its launch in early October 2013.


Wong Mei-yee (3rd from right), programme director from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, sits in on a session with the Hong Kong team.
Wong Mei-yee (3rd from right), programme director from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, sits in on a session with the Hong Kong team.

Ma Kin-chung, director of the education programme, works closely with tutors to enhance the teaching plans and develop quality curriculum materials.
Ma Kin-chung, director of the education programme, works closely with tutors to enhance the teaching plans and develop quality curriculum materials.

Through small group discussions, students learn to count their blessings in their day-to-day life.
Through small group discussions, students learn to count their blessings in their day-to-day life.

The field trip to the imperial palace acts as an extension and reinforcement of classroom learning.
The field trip to the imperial palace acts as an extension and reinforcement of classroom learning.

Eyes of the young visitors are drawn to the impressive Empress Dowager Cixi’s collection on display.
Eyes of the young visitors are drawn to the impressive Empress Dowager Cixi’s collection on display.



A study tour to the Palace Museum
03-12-2013 ── 07-12-2013

Our Education Team brushed up their knowledge of the Forbidden City and traditional Chinese culture during a visit to the imperial palace, conducting topical field studies on-site while exploring the surroundings and documenting their findings with photographs, videos, sketches and pencil rubbings.


Our tutors impersonate a line of honour guards standing at attention.
Our tutors impersonate a line of honour guards standing at attention.

Using drawing to document findings.
Using drawing to document findings.

Wu Dongyu, a staff member of the Design And Cultural Studies Workshop, turns tour guide as he explains the architectural considerations behind the square of the Gate of Supreme Harmony.
Wu Dongyu, a staff member of the Design And Cultural Studies Workshop, turns tour guide as he explains the architectural considerations behind the square of the Gate of Supreme Harmony.



2013-11
Exchange with the HK PolyU Design
22-11-2013

At the invitation of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design (Higher Diploma Programmes), the Education Team attended a seminar led by Head of Education, K. C. Ma. Based on the themes of “Architecture” and “Artifacts,” the seminar revolved around the various approaches to researching and promoting traditional Chinese culture, in the hopes of inspiring students to appreciate traditional culture from a broad range of perspectives with greater relevance to contemporary life.


Head of Education, K.C. Ma took PolyU students on an exploration of Chinese architecture.
Head of Education, K.C. Ma took PolyU students on an exploration of Chinese architecture.

Tutor Jacqueline Yeung (left) exchanges ideas with PolyU students
Tutor Jacqueline Yeung (left) exchanges ideas with PolyU students



2013-10
The Forbidden City Children's Programme officially launched at school
01-10-2013

On 9 October 2013, students in Beijing came face-to-face with The Forbidden City Children's Programme! Perked up in their seats inside a classroom designated for The Forbidden City Children's Programme, a group of over a dozen students from the Experimental Primary School joined their tutors in embarking on a two-month ‘Exploration Journey to an Imperial Palace’, navigating the palatial complex from the entrance point of ‘The Palace is Like a Big Jungle’.


Kids are taking class in the specialised teaching room.
Kids are taking class in the specialised teaching room.



2013-9
Preparation underway for The Forbidden City Children's Programme.
13-09-2013

Our Education Team, after conducting the debut learning experience workshop series last season, returned to Beijing where they joined hands with the Experimental Primary School of the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China (formerly Zhichunli Primary School) to launch the ‘Little Forbidden City’ series. Adopting an approach that takes its lead from the palatial structure, this latest project uses stories to inspire children of Beijing to explore the fascinating wonders the royal residence has to offer. The project will be officially introduced in October to primary students in the second, fourth and fifth forms of the school.


No efforts spared! Ma Kin-chung, director of the education scheme, and project manager Wong Wai-hung work with the Beijing team on curriculum design and lesson planning.
No efforts spared! Ma Kin-chung, director of the education scheme, and project manager Wong Wai-hung work with the Beijing team on curriculum design and lesson planning.

Children play a creative role in transforming their classroom into the ‘Little Forbidden City’.
Children play a creative role in transforming their classroom into the ‘Little Forbidden City’.

The masterminds behind the project: Chiu Kwong-chiu, director of Design & Cultural Studies Workshop, joins principal Yin Jun and teachers of the Experimental Primary School.
The masterminds behind the project: Chiu Kwong-chiu, director of Design & Cultural Studies Workshop, joins principal Yin Jun and teachers of the Experimental Primary School.



2013-8
Meeting with Professor Hangjian from China Academy of Art and Mr. Zhu Xiao-jie, Founder& Chief Designer of OPAL Furniture
23-08-2013 ── 25-08-2013

The director and members of Design and Cultural Studies Workshop visited China Academy of Art and Zhu Xiao-jie workshop in Hangzhou in August. The team met with Professor Hangjian and Mr Zhu Xiao-jie, founder & chief designer of OPAL Furniture, discussing about research of Chinese utensils design and product development.


Meeting with Mr. Zhu Xiao-jie (left) in Zhu Xiao-jie workshop.
Meeting with Mr. Zhu Xiao-jie (left) in Zhu Xiao-jie workshop.

Discussing with Professor Hangjian (left) from China Academy of Art.
Discussing with Professor Hangjian (left) from China Academy of Art.

(left to right) Professor Hangjian, Mr. Chiu Kwong-chiu, director of Design and Cultural Studies workshop and Mr Zhu Xiao-jie.
(left to right) Professor Hangjian, Mr. Chiu Kwong-chiu, director of Design and Cultural Studies workshop and Mr Zhu Xiao-jie.



The Emperor' s New Wardrobe Workshop
11-08-2013 ── 29-09-2013

The Education Scheme was honoured to receive a special invitation from the Hong Kong Museum of History to design the education fringe event, "The Emperor's Wardrobe" education workshop for families, to complement its summer exhibition, The Splendours of Royal Costume: Qing Court Attire. Held on Sundays throughout August and September, the workshop highlights the design features of items of clothing worn by the emperor, alongside anecdotes and symbolic meanings of different patterns through storytelling and interactive games. Click here to visit the Hong Kong History Museum website for details of the workshop.




2013-7
Learning Experience Sessions in Tainan
11-07-2013 ── 14-07-2013

Drawing on the warm audience reception the learning experience sessions garnered in Hong Kong, Beijing and Guangzhou, our Education Team responded to the gracious invitation of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Tainan City Government with "How Are You, Forbidden City?", a learning experience session tailored to the Taiwanese audience, which made its debut appearances across the Straits at the Eslite Bookstore at the Tainan Municipal Cultural Center and the Tainan Patriotic Women Association. Taking an audience of young Taiwanese learners on a virtual tour of Beijing's Forbidden City, Our Education Team introduced them to the whimsical aspects and modern meanings of the magnificent structure from a variety of perspectives.




2013-6
Learning Experience Sessions at Bookstores in Guangzhou
01-06-2013

After series of learning experience sessions in Beijing, the education team made progress in Guangzhou on 1st July, the international children’s day. One hour’s session held in Fang Suo Commune and Xue Er You bookstore, was also our gift for children in Guangzhou on the special day. Children and parents took an active part, especially in the “Twelve Badge” section, where parents were invited to award kids badges representing different virtue.




2013-3
“Back to Alma Mater”Talk Series: Kam Tin Mung Yeung Public School
30-03-2013

After holding about 2000 workshops in Hong Kong, tutors of We All Live in The Forbidden City went to Beijing, presenting two experience courses to kids in the Poplar Kid's Republic Book Store and One Way Street book store. The content of the experience courses came from The Best Palace and lasted about one hour. Although it was the final exam time for primary school in Beijing, there were still many kids, who were accompanied by parents participated in the course.


Principal, Ms. Yeung Kam-ying (centre) and teacher, Miss Lee Yee-man (far right), photographed with the Education Team.
Principal, Ms. Yeung Kam-ying (centre) and teacher, Miss Lee Yee-man (far right), photographed with the Education Team.



Learning experience sessions at primary schools and bookshops in Beijing
29-03-2013 ── 31-03-2013

Following the success of the two learning experience sessions held at two bookshops, our Education Team again returned to Beijing at the end of March with yet another series of learning experience sessions, this time visiting Xin Wei Lai Bilingual School in the Chaoyang District of the capital, where they read stories and played games with over 40 students, many of whom are children of rural migrant workers. The team also conducted a session at Your Bay Library where they spent a fun-filled, joyous afternoon interacting with over 20 groups of parents and children and sharing their learning experiences after the class.


Xin Wei Lai Bilingual School in the Chaoyang District of Beijing.
Xin Wei Lai Bilingual School in the Chaoyang District of Beijing.

An interior view of Your Bay Library.
An interior view of Your Bay Library.

Parents enrich the session by lending their thoughts and ideas to the discussions. Lin Dan, Chairman of Your Bay Library, takes place in the session with her daugther.
Parents enrich the session by lending their thoughts and ideas to the discussions. Lin Dan, Chairman of Your Bay Library, takes place in the session with her daugther.



Inviting Chiu Sheung School, Hong Kong to an on-site workshop at the Imperial Palace
28-03-2013

Our Education Team had a happy chance encounter with the 40-strong delegation of Chiu Sheung School, Hong Kong who were on their study tour to the capital. A proper session was quickly arranged with the former participants of the "The Best Palace" workshops at the Forbidden City on 28 March. Besides designing a workshop and a set of worksheets for the occasion, our Education Team also drew the attention of the students of Chiu Sheng to the many charms and pleasant quirks of the palace and encouraged them to soak up the architectural wonders of the palatial residences. The two parties again met up at the Qianlong Garden, where an extension activity of the "Strolling in the Garden" workshops took place on site.


Our Education Team hosts an on-site workshop for Chiu Sheung School, Hong Kong at the Imperial Palace.
Our Education Team hosts an on-site workshop for Chiu Sheung School, Hong Kong at the Imperial Palace.

Chim Hon-ming, Principal of Chiu Sheung School, Hong Kong remembers: Encounters like this is hard to come by. Our Students were extremely excited and eager, saying how they couldn\\\'t find the words to
Chim Hon-ming, Principal of Chiu Sheung School, Hong Kong remembers: Encounters like this is hard to come by. Our Students were extremely excited and eager, saying how they couldn\'t find the words to



Field research at the Imperial Palace
26-03-2013 ── 01-04-2013

Thematic in-situ research, a highlight of the tour, was designed to enable members of our Education Team to acquire a better grasp and appreciation of the Forbidden City and traditional Chinese culture. Using an eclectic array of media, such as photographs, videos, sketches and pencil rubbings, they explored and documented every corner of the Forbidden City over several days of the tour.


Members of our Education Team user photographs, videos, sketches and pencil rubbings to document the exciting sights and sounds the palace has to offer.
Members of our Education Team user photographs, videos, sketches and pencil rubbings to document the exciting sights and sounds the palace has to offer.



Meeting Beijing education organisations in exchange activities
26-03-2013 ── 29-03-2013

Our Education Team took time out of their tour to visit the state-run Zhi Chunli Primary School where they gained from the teachers and students a fuller picture of early education for different sectors of the Beijing community. Later, the team met with representatives from the New Citizen Program, a local NGO, and came away with fresh insights into the education provided for children of rural migrant workers. These two visits bring immense inspiration to the educational project.


Members of our Education Team join in the action of class-break exercises with students of Zhi Chunli Primary School.
Members of our Education Team join in the action of class-break exercises with students of Zhi Chunli Primary School.

Ideas and knowledge flow freely between the teachers of  Zhi Chunli Primary School and members of our Education Team.
Ideas and knowledge flow freely between the teachers of Zhi Chunli Primary School and members of our Education Team.

Wei Jiayu, a representative from the New Citizen Program, shares his insights on the education of rural migrant workers’ children.
Wei Jiayu, a representative from the New Citizen Program, shares his insights on the education of rural migrant workers’ children.



2013-2
Sharing with students in Carmel Alison Lam Foundation Secondary School
26-02-2013

To arise the interest of young people to Chinese Culture, tutors use various modern ways to interpret the culture itself and also share experience as well as perspectives with young people face to face. At the invitation of Chinese Subject in Carmel Alison Lam Foundation Secondary School, tutors delivered a speech to five hundred middle school students, introducing We All Live in The Forbidden City project and sharing their own understanding of Chinese culture with them.




2013-1
Workshop in Beijing
12-01-2013 ── 13-01-2013

After holding about 2000 workshops in Hong Kong, tutors of We All Live in The Forbidden City Education Programme went to Beijing, presenting two experience courses to kids in the Poplar Kid's Republic Book Store and One Way Street book store. The content of the experience courses came from The Best Palace and lasted about one hour. Although it was the final exam time for primary school in Beijing, there were still many kids, who were accompanied by parents participated in the course.