Tin Shui Wai women off to class
Four years after its launch in other parts of the city, an adult study programme has finally been established in Tin Shui Wai.
The Capacity Building Mileage Programme provides various short-term courses for women of any education level in fields such as financial management and computer skills. It was launched in 2004 by the Open University, the Women's Commission and Commercial Radio.
Students pay only HK$350 for a 25-hour face-to-face course, with subsidies covering the rest.
But the programme failed to take off in Tin Shui Wai, said manager Candy Wong Sau-yuk, of Open University. She said it was not promoted enough in the community, despite media advertisements.
'Many people and community groups in Tin Shui Wai were unaware of it,' she said.
Under the programme, the university sets out the course content. Community groups and NGOs interested in launching the course at their centres can hire instructors and enrol students after forming a partnership with the university.
A course on keeping fit and another on grooming did not get off the ground last year because of low enrolment and a failure to find an instructor.
The Tin Shui Wai Women's Association chairwoman Kwong Yuet-sum said it was hard to get instructors to teach in the remote town as the commute took hours.
But the programme's fortunes in the neighbourhood seem to have changed recently. The association launched a course in Chinese medicine this month after finding a retired practitioner living in Tin Shui Wai who accepted the offer to teach.
A computer course designed by Open University also began this month at the Yuen Long Pok Oi Community Cyber Centre.