Tung urges patriotic education for 'confused' youth

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 December, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 December, 1997, 12:00am

PATRIOTIC education is to be stepped up, says the Chief Executive.

Addressing a conference yesterday on youth affairs, Tung Chee-hwa said the younger generation was lucky because it had not experienced war.

Young people's exposure to Chinese and Western culture had developed open-mindedness.

But they often felt lost and confused when it came to nationalism, he said.

'Young people in Hong Kong have the responsibility to understand their own country, history and culture. They should also see this as an indispensable part of their growing up,' he said.

Young people should take greater responsibility for themselves and society.

'The whole community, especially the Government, will need to show more care and support to youth work which aims to cultivate youngsters to be the successors of the 21st century,' said Mr Tung.

Measures were needed to improves youth education.

The Education Department was devising a civic syllabus for junior secondary students, covering aspects such as the Basic Law and the situation in China, he said.

The Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education was also preparing various activities with the theme 'I am Chinese and Hong Kong is my home'.

A subsidised programme to encourage youngsters to pay visits to China would be organised by the Commission on Youth.