PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 December, 2008, 12:00am

Let's stamp out discrimination

Hong Kong may be an international city, but many people experience various forms of discrimination. They could face prejudice because of their gender, nationality or religion.

The government has urged people not to discriminate against others.

Although sexual bias is not so prevalent now, there is still discrimination in the workplace.

Some people look down upon labourers, while new arrivals from the mainland find it difficult to integrate into the community.

Hongkongers should be more considerate about their less fortunate compatriots.

We should help others and become role models for the rest of the world.

Joe Wijoyo, California School

Help others and win their respect

We live in a modern society, so we have to interact with others very often. Therefore, we should have good manners.

We should learn to be patient when seeking help from our schoolmates or friends.

They may not have the time or the ability to give us a helping hand. Then you should not bother them anymore.

On the other hand, if you do more for your classmates, friends or parents, you will gain their love and respect.

Remember: 'Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.'

Jacol Lam, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Building bridges with Africa

I read an article about 12 students from the University of Hong Kong who visited underprivileged children in Ghana.

The students said they hoped the project would form a bridge between two different worlds. I am sure it did.

Even when I was a little girl, I knew African countries were very poor. My mother sent part of my pocket money to charitable organisations every year.

I knew it was not enough for the children to have a comfortable life, but I hoped it would at least help them survive.

Children in Africa face many serious problems, such as Aids, lack of health care and starvation.

I don't know why there's such a huge difference between children in Africa and those in Hong Kong.

I will join this kind of programme when I'm 18 years old. I want to build a bridge with the poor children in Africa.

Zita Cheung Cheuk-kwan, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School

Dating can affect school life

Most parents believe students should not date. Students should concentrate more on their studies, they say.

However, teenagers think they are old enough to balance romance with their studies. This can easily lead to conflict between parents and children.

I understand the students' situation. In school, boys and girls work together. They can become attached to each other.

But most student love affairs don't last long. And students will be sad after they break up. This can affect their school life.

I think students should not date.

On the other hand, parents should not scold their children for dating.

They need to give their children proper advice and guide them to act responsibly.

These problems can be solved if parents and children have good communication.

Hannah Miao, CNEC Christian College

Tutorials not the only answer

Hongkongers take exams too seriously. If our academic results are bad, our future may not be too bright.

Exams are important, but we should not forget the objective of education. Learning can be interesting and inspiring.

Taking private tuition is not the only way to get better grades.

For example, you can check out relevant websites, do more exercises and read more books.

The best way to improve your academic performance is to pay attention in class.

Don't hesitate to ask your teachers questions. And don't be afraid of criticism. This is part of the learning process.

Attending tutorial classes won't help you build confidence or problem-solving and research skills.

These are vital for your future success.

Florence Wong, Pooi To Middle School

Recycle, re-use and save the Earth

I wish to express my views on Friends of the Earth's 'Waste-to-Goodies' recycling programme.

It has many advantages, especially in these difficult times.

The green group encourages people to bring recyclable household goods to its mobile collection centres in return for small gifts.

This can help people save money as well as protect the environment.

The government should promote this programme among the public. Then more people will realise the importance of reducing waste.

Theresa Au Hiu-ching, Our Lady of the Rosary College

We are so lucky

Thousands of poor mainland children cannot go to school.

I heard of a girl who stays home because her parents cannot afford the school fees.

She helps her family with household chores. Some mainland parents think girls don't need to study.

We are so lucky to live in Hong Kong.

Without an education, there's no hope. We should give poor children a helping hand and treasure what we have.

Li Ka-man, Leung Shek Chee College