- Jason Chan Chun-sing, 18, of St Paul’s Co-educational College is the first runner-up for this year’s Student of the Year Grand Prize
- The student co-founded E-Concept, an NGO with a mission to provide free tutoring and counselling services for younger pupils
This year’s Student of the Year Grand Prize first runner-up, Jason Chan Chun-sing of St Paul’s Co-educational College, says community service during the pandemic has made him happy.
With in-person classes and extracurricular activities hampered by Covid-19, Jason shared his experiences about surviving these tough times.
He thanked his teachers and school for starting virtual classes in February 2021 to help Form Five and Six students who were preparing for public exams.
Jason said he also received a lot of support from his friends.
“Though we lost in-person communication, we still connected online to play video games and watch basketball together. We kept building our friendship while relaxing at the same time,” he explained.
With support from teachers and friends, Jason was determined to help students who suffered from the lockdown.
With that in mind, he co-founded E-Concept, an NGO consisting of secondary school students from around the world, with the mission to improve lower form and primary pupils’ well-being by providing voluntary tutoring and counselling services.
When asked about his devotion to the project, Jason answered: “Happiness ... I’m happy to contribute and community service brings me happiness and satisfaction”.
He added: “We cannot always gain from the society that nurtures us. We also have to give back to the community”.
Jason, who has more than two years of experience running an NGO, said he wanted to learn more about the mindset of running any organisation, even businesses.
“An NGO’s core challenge, the same as a company, is scarce resources. How do you make use of limited resources to achieve your targets? That is what both NGOs and companies [must] find out,” he said.
The competition is organised by the South China Morning Post and sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club.
One of the unexpected rewards Jason gained through SOTY is the network of Hong Kong’s future leaders.
“There are always people who are better than [me] … That encourages and motivates me a lot to keep learning and contributing,” he said.