Healthy life campaign
Three local schools have reached the highest standard set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for promoting a quality lifestyle to their students.
Po Leung Kuk Fong Wong Kam Chuen Primary School, SKH Bishop Baker Secondary School and Tsung Tsin College are the first local schools to clinch the Gold Award since the Hong Kong Healthy Schools Award Scheme was launched in 2001.
They are among the 104 primary, secondary and special schools which joined the campaign run by the Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The scheme aims to improve the quality of students' lives by encouraging educational achievement and promoting better health and psychological and emotional well-being.
The territory-wide healthy schools movement has been recognised by the WHO's Western Pacific Regional Office. According to WHO, the programme meets the standards laid down by the organisation.
To claim the Gold Award, a school should achieve excellent results in six key areas - health policies, health services, personal health skills, social environment, community relationships and physical environment.
The participating schools are also expected to help each other develop a healthy environment on their campuses.
There were also nine silver and 14 bronze awards this year.
A recent survey of award-winning primary and secondary schools which joined the scheme two years ago, showed the benefits of promoting a healthy lifestyle.
The findings revealed that fewer students were depressed or had suicidal thoughts than at the beginning of the scheme.
The proportion of students who smoked, were involved in fights or had their property stolen or damaged, also declined, according to the survey.
Stephen Yip Yam-wing, chief curriculum development officer (life-long learning and library section) of the Education and Manpower Bureau, stressed that knowledge alone would not lead to success.
He said schools should try to develop all-round students by focusing on a healthy lifestyle and nurturing positive values among children.
For more details about the scheme, visit www.cuhk.edu.hk/med/hep