PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 May, 2011, 12:00am


The qualities of a good neighbour

Nearly everyone in Hong Kong has neighbours. They have all sorts of impacts on our lives, both good and bad. So what makes good neighbours?

First, they should be willing to help those around them in difficult times. You should be grateful if you have a neighbour with such qualities.

Sometimes people can be overwhelmed by the difficulties they face, and withdraw from the world. Sometimes a kind neighbour can help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Sometimes, in the newspapers, you may have read about people taking drugs. For many people this is the start of a bleak future. You should be thankful if you have neighbours who are not afraid to say no to drugs.

To sum up, a good neighbour should be willing to help people, should be brave enough to face future challenges and should say no to drugs.

If they have all these qualities, they will be good neighbours and deserve our respect.

Ken Cheung, CCC Hoh Fuk Tong College

It's important to hunger for justice

The Aberdeen Sports Ground was packed recently with people from all walks of life supporting a common goal - the Famine 30.

Fasting, or going without food, for 30 hours was not the only purpose of those who joined the programme. Experiencing hunger first-hand encourages people to help feed and care for hungry children.

More importantly, it is hoped that by understanding the need to fight poverty and injustice, participants will spread this message of care for the needy.

Chloe Ng, Hang Seng School of Commerce

School is boring for many students

Students face many difficulties in their lives. Sometimes it's their own fault, but not always. It's no wonder they feel tired and doze off in class.

First, teaching methods at most schools are boring. Students also have a lot of homework, so don't have time to get a good rest.

So what can be done? First, students can take some matters into their hands.

For example, they can learn to manage their time better for study and their personal lives.

Many have study timetables, but instead waste too much time on computer games or social media.

Also, there's pressure on them to build interpersonal relationships. While that's important, it must be balanced with paying enough attention to schoolwork.

Teachers can do much to make their classes more interesting. Classroom games are a great way to teach certain topics, instead of just cramming facts. Showing videos or documentaries is another method.

Teachers can also stage group discussions to strengthen students' communication skills.

Zoe Wong Sau-yee

Hawker 'problem' is easy to solve

Many people want the government to issue new licences for hawkers following the arrest of egg-waffle seller Ng Yuk-fa.

Like Ng, many hawkers can't afford the high rent of a proper store, and have no choice but to work on the streets. It would be much easier for them if they could operate legally, and have no fear of being caught.

The Star Ferry Pier, Queen's Pier and the Clock Tower are no longer there. We can't afford to lose another intangible part of our cultural heritage.

The problem of hygiene is minor in comparison. Authorities can inspect carts before issuing permits, and patrolling staff can ensure they comply with health rules, and that no nuisance is caused.

Cecilia Yau, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Japanese lead by example

Since the March 11 earthquake, the Japanese people have shown selfless devotion and courage.

Many rescue workers stayed at their posts as the tsunami arrived even though it cost them their lives. Many died trying to save strangers.

Scientists continue to work at great risk to themselves to fix the damaged nuclear power plant at Fukushima. But I was ashamed to hear that some Chinese women residents in Japan fled the country, some leaving their children behind.

Sherlock Jim Sze-long, YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College