THE success of Hong Kong's economy depends much on efficient communications, including air transport. In order to provide local students a better insight into Hong Kong's Airport Core Programme, a joint school exhibition cum competition was held recently at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
All exhibits were produced by students from 16 secondary schools.
Director of Education Lam Woon-kwong said the exhibition not only provided an opportunity for locals to understand the Airport Core Programme better, but also provided a valuable experience for participating students.
'I was impressed by students' innovative and creative ideas. The exhibits clearly demonstrated how hard the students had worked for the show.' Mr Lam said the Education Department had incorporated the programme into both primary and secondary school curriculum.
'We have published two sets of educational kits on the Airport Core Programme with the help of the New Airport Projects Co-ordination Office.
'We hope these kits would enable students to understand the significance of the programme as well as its influence on society,' said Mr Lam.
Shun Tak Fraternal Association Seaward Woo College's geography teacher Chan Shun-tim said the exhibition would enhance students' awareness about the new airport projects.
Her school won the best school award in the competition with its project on noise pollution. The school also won the award for originality and the most popular booth award.
'We attribute our success to the research we had done for the project. The idea was to give the public a thorough understanding of the noise pollution issues covered in the programme.' 'Moreover our mock lab could give visitors a real feel of the noise levels.' Hiu Mei-yan, a representative of the school and the chairman of its Geography Society, said: 'This competition helped us to understand in depth the details of the new airport projects through research and interviews.' The Airport Core Programme comprises 10 interlinked infrastructure projects.
They are the new airport at Chek Lap Kok, Tung Chung New Town, West Kowloon Reclamation, Central Reclamation Phase One, Airport Railway, North Lantau Expressway, Lantau Fixed Crossing, Route Three (part), West Kowloon Expressway, Western Airport Railway and Western Harbour Crossing.
The first phase of the Chek Lap Kok airport with two runways in use will handle 35 million passengers and three million tonnes of cargo a year.
The $158.2 billion programme is expected to meet Hong Kong's transport needs well into the next century.
The present airport at Kai Tak is the world's busiest for international passengers, and second busiest for freight.