Workshops provide practical knowledge of investment and stock market operations To equip teachers with financial knowledge, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has organised a series of workshops on local stock market investment. With the view that education is the first step in investor protection and improving Hong Kong's 'financial literacy', the SFC has been running preventive education programmes - including investment games, drama and talks - for young people since last year. The commission started organising investor education workshops in October for economics, commerce and public affairs teachers. Ivy Lai Ho Wan-ying, asso ciate director of SFC's Investment Education and Communications Department, said: 'Some economics or business teachers told us that they had theoretical knowledge of the stock market, but did not know what the real situation was like. 'So we came up with the idea of 'training the trainers'.' The workshops cover four areas: the local stock market, investment risks, protection of consumers' interests and SFC regulatory functions. There will also be a visit to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Market trading floor. Mrs Lai said the most basic knowledge about the stock market was investment risks. The workshops cover different cases of stock market invest ment, and the proper attitude and way of investing are also discussed. Val Sruth, a teacher at South Island School, said the workshop was interesting and provided practical knowledge of investment and the stock market. 'It gives us a more realistic view of what actually goes on in the stock market,' Ms Sruth said. More than 400 teachers have enrolled for the workshops. Mrs Lai said the response was better than the department had expected and the commission might turn the workshops into a regular programme and expand it further. 'We will extend the programme to include student teachers studying at the HKIEd [Hong Kong Institute of Education],' she said. Teachers interested in attending the workshops can call the Investor Education and Communications Department on 2842- 7666. The SFC has also been running an education programme on investment risks and rights of investors for the public.