Student union looking for 'new blood'
A newly established student organisation is looking for young people who will be responsible for running its affairs.
The founders of the Hong Kong Secondary Students Union said they were looking for successors to take over their jobs and ensure a high degree of continuity within the body.
The union, formerly known as The Hong Kong Secondary Students Concerning Article 23 Legislation Union, was launched last week.
It aims to arouse secondary students' concerns about society and social affairs and promote democracy in Hong Kong.
Founders and convenors Ng Gene-bond, Roger Lam Ching-man and Anna Chan Wah, all seventh formers, expect to hand over their duties to the new committee at the end of this year to free themselves for the A-level exams.
Anna said they would look for the right people among the union's members.
'The qualifications to become a committee member are not really strict. All they need is to show concern and responsibility towards society,' she said, adding that the committee would be elected by members.
Membership applications are now open for full-time secondary students or those aged between 12 and 19.
The restructured union was first established by the three 18-year-old students a week before the mass protest against the legislation of Article 23 on July 1.
'After July 1, we thought what we are concerned about was not just the legislation of Article 23 but also other areas such as education and public policy,' Ching-man said.
'There are actually lots of policies related to secondary students, but their opinions are seldom reported in the mass media,' he said.
'With the establishment of this union, we hope the voices of secondary students will be heard.'
In the near future, the union will organise activities including talks, forums and workshops in schools on issues that directly affect the community. In November, there are plans to hold a workshop on the district council elections.
'We want secondary students who have registered as voters to cast their ballots, and for those who are not old enough to vote, to pay attention to the election,' Ching-man said.
The union also hopes to act as a bridge between schools and different social organisations.
'Civic education in schools is still not enough, and we think more should be done to strengthen students' awareness of social affairs,' he said.
The founders emphasised that the union would not be affiliated with any political parties.
'We are simply a secondary students' organisation, and not a political group,' Ching-man explained.
'We won't urge secondary students to vote or not to vote for a particular political party. Everyone should vote based on their independent thinking.'
The union has invited lawmakers Audrey Eu Yuet-mee and Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, Action Group on Medical Policy spokesman Kwok Ka-ki and Father Louis Ha Ke-loon, a member of the Democratic Development Network, to be its advisers.
Membership application forms can be downloaded from the union's official website www.no-23.hk.st