The Peak events were only the beginning of developing deeper relationships with the families in Sham Shui Po. On October 5th, Hope of the City launched a pilot program to provide specialised English language courses to low-income students in Sham Shui Po. The program was created to address the need articulated by numerous service organisations. Children from low-income families do not have the resources to allow them to truly excel in Hong Kongʼs public schools. Without targeted support, these children are quickly deprived of the opportunity to pursue higher-level education and become trapped in a cycle of “educational poverty.” They begin to doubt their own abilities and become defeated.
Executive Communications Education Centre came forward and helped recruit two English tutors with Masterʼs degrees who are fluent in both English and Chinese. They will be leading classes of students ranging from P1-P6 that were identified as “low-income” by the YWCA in Sham Shui Po. Each of the courses willrun for a four-month period with assessments at the beginning and the end to measure the studentsʼ progress. GeneroCity, a philanthropic project to assist low-income families, has graciously sponsored the courses for the first sixteen students.