Write about your hopes for the future and you could win HK$500

  • A research programme headed by Education University asks students their aspirations for the future and how their schools can help.
  • Five students can win a cash prize and a trophy.
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What are your hopes for the future?

The city’s teens have a chance to express their views and earn HK$500 for writing a letter as part of a research project conducted by Education University.

The programme is recruiting students aged 15-18 who study at the city’s schools to write a letter expressing their aspirations for the future, what will help them with their goals, and how schools and society can help them.

Professor Christine Halse, who heads the project, explained that the project is aimed at listening to the views, feelings and opinions of Hong Kong students. “The research team is aiming to develop the first body of territory-wide information [by district, gender, ethnicity etc] on the personal aspirations of 15- to 18-year-old students attending school in Hong Kong,” she said in an email.

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“Letter writing is a fun, straightforward and an engaging way to collect students’ personal views about their hopes and dreams for the future,” she explained.

“Making this a competition means students have a chance to win one of five HK$500 cash prizes and a trophy, and everyone who enters will receive a Certificate of Participation, which they can add to their personal CV.”

The team will de-identify the letters so that writers, other people and schools cannot be recognised from the text.

Artificial Intelligence and statistical analyses will be used to identify keywords, ideas and patterns in them.

The competition deadline is May 15. More details can be found at the official website.