The language of help and support

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 March, 2005, 12:00am

The Foreign Correspondents' Club and Po Leung Kuk has started its language programme for disadvantaged pupils to help bridge the learning gap between rich and poor children in Hong Kong.

Set up with a donation of more than $1.4 million from the FCC Charity Fund, PLK and JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the language training programme will cater for the 300 children in residential care at PLK.

The pupils, aged three to 18, were taken in by PLK mainly because of family problems.

Celia Kwong, head of the fund-raising committee of the FCC Charity Fund, said the aim was to help prepare the youngsters for work.

'Hong Kong is a society where it is hard to make a living without qualifications. We hope that language skills in English and Putonghua will give them a better chance,' she said.

Two storytelling nights per week will be offered together with computers, books, comics, cassette tapes and CD roms.

FCC member David Garcia said the government would be approached for a matching fund to extend the programme.