Young climbers up against the wall

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 April, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 April, 2001, 12:00am

The installation of a 21-metre sport-climbing wall at CCC Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School in Tuen Mun was the outcome of a two-year Adventure Education project backed by $120,000 from the Quality Education Fund.

Other Adventure Education activities at the school include hiking, orienteering, camping, sailing and canoeing.

Adventure Education aimed to provide students with leadership training, foster their communication and problem-solving skills, and develop self-confidence. Students were also encouraged to respect natural beauty and build team spirit.

Project leader Anthony Sun Yuk-chiu said students were encouraged to take part in at least one of the activities according to their own capabilities. Sport-climbing was already a school-wide activity, he said.

'The sport helps overcome the fear of heights or of losing face when encountering difficulties. In order to encourage students to participate, we started with ourselves. Even though not everyone can reach the peak, the principal, all teachers and supporting staff have already tried the sport,' he said.

Twenty staff at the school have become qualified sport climbing instructors, including Mr Sun and principal Fong Shun-yuen, he said. They were assisted by the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union in providing training.

'Principal Fong gives us considerable support,' said Mr Sun. 'He believes all-round education is best for young people.'