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[SCMP Archive] HKIS hosts discussion on American schools in Asia

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 12:20pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 12:20pm

[First published on Nov 26, 1969] Delegates to the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) conference in Hong Kong this week will know by Friday whether or not the council will move forward in the future.

The Hong Kong International School, Repulse Bay, is hosting the Council’s first major conference since it was formed in Tokyo last December by representatives of East Asia Overseas Schools.

It is hoped the work of the Council will benefit all overseas American and international institutions of education in this region. The Hong Kong International School is one of the newer members.

The conference is being sponsored by the Office of Overseas Schools of the U.S. State Department, which supports overseas American schools in various parts of the world.

The major question to be answered at this conference will be whether the potential advantages of the schools working together can outweigh the obstacles of distance and finance.

The first two days of addresses, meetings and discussions were held in the City Hall. Today, delegates will move to Repulse Bay for the last three days of the programme.

Participating schools in the Council are in Burma, Gram, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines and the Marshall Islands.

The Hong Kong International School, founded in 1966 is ouned and operated by the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, and is registered with the Education Department here. About 80 percent of its 900 pupils are American. The remainder represents 25 nationalities.