Future leaders bound for US
Could a Tung Chee-hwa for the next century be among students at a training camp
Secondary school students who show outstanding leadership potential will represent Hong Kong and the mainland at an international conference in the United States.
Delegates will be chosen from those attending a training camp known as the Hong Kong Youth Leadership Seminar.
The annual seminar is organised by the Hong Kong Union for Young Leaders, founded in 1992.
The union's 26 member schools each sent two fourth-formers to the Easter camp. They were joined by 22 Form Six union committee members at the Sai Kung Outdoor Recreation Centre.
Activities including seminars, debates and a talent show were designed to develop leadership skills.
As many as four students will be asked to represent the territory and China at the Hugh O'Brian World Leadership Congress in the US. The final number depends on how much sponsorship money can be raised before the July conference.
Helen Leung Hoi-ling, deputy headmistress of Diocesan Girls' School, is teacher-adviser for the union.
'It is the third year I have acted as teacher-adviser to the project,' she said.
'I've seen students who take part in the project become more active in community services. They also show leadership skills in school.' Ms Leung said the project helped students develop leadership skills, adding that a lack of funding had limited the numbers who could benefit. It costs about $30,000 to send each student to the international conference.
The Union for Young Leaders is chaired by sixth-former Connie Lam Hong-kei of Ying Wa Girls' School.
She said noted guest lecturers at the training camp included philosophy professor Lee Tien-ming and politicians Chan Yuen-han, Frederick Fung Kin-kee and Allen Lee Peng-fei.
Luke Tsang Chee-wah, head of RTHK Radio 2, and Lam Chik-sum, chief editor of Breakthrough Junior Magazine, conducted a seminar on the impact of mass media on youngsters. They said youth should analyse what they read and not take in mass media messages without thinking.
The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation was set up by the veteran actor in 1958. The first international congress was in 1968.