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Kowloon Park arts fair to open

The Leisure & Cultural Services Department will launch a new phase of its Arts Fun Fair at Kowloon Park this Sunday.   It will have 16 stalls displaying and selling craftworks that feature fabric crafts, floral artworks and ornaments. Park-goers can also participate in art services such as painting and portrait sketching.   The fair will be open from 1pm to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays at the park's loggia until May 26 next year.   Visitors can enjoy the park’s beautiful scenery while appreciating a wide range of handicrafts and artworks.   The Arts Corner at Hong Kong Park is being held from noon to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays until December 31.   The Arts Corner at Victoria Park welcomes applications from today until June 23 for operating stalls in the coming round of the fair.   For enquiries about the fair in Kowloon Park, call 2724 3344. For questions about Hong Kong Park and Victoria Park, call 2521 5041 or 2890 5824 respectively. http:

Choi Yuk-lin lauds HK at UK forum

Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin today attended the Education World Forum in London in an effort to deliberate on future education policies together with education officials from different places.   In the morning, Ms Choi delivered a speech titled "Use of Technology in Education" at a keynote session of the forum, introducing the holistic approach of the Education Bureau to support schools and teachers in the application of technologies in teaching.   She said that Hong Kong is a small city with high information technology (IT) infrastructure penetration, which helps place it among the world's best in terms of digital competitiveness.   She added that the bureau is committed to enhancing the IT infrastructure and teaching resources for schools. Under the technology education curriculum, the bureau is working to promote coding and computational thinking to enhance students' creativity and problem-solving skills, as well as their ability to apply technology in different aspects of life.   The bureau also offers professional development programmes for school leaders and teachers, covering the application of technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data, Ms Choi pointed out.   Additionally, it has developed the Information Literacy for Hong Kong Students learning framework to foster students' ability and attitude to use information and communication technology ethically and effectively.   In the afternoon, the education chief visited Queen Mary University of London to learn about its programmes on applied sciences and digital technologies, and explore co-operation opportunities between the university and higher education institutions in Hong Kong.   She emphasised that Hong Kong is blessed with world-class tertiary institutions and offers a host of facilitation measures to support non-local students who are welcome to undertake study and exchange programmes in the city.   Ms Choi also met Israel’s Minister of Education Yoav Kisch, the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Minister of Science & Higher Education Nurbek Sayasat and Pakistan’s Minister of Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training of the Government Rana Tanveer Hussain in the margins of the forum.   They discussed the strengthening of education co-operation and knowledge exchange between Hong Kong and their countries.   Yesterday, Ms Choi met the UK's Minister of State in the Department for Education Nick Gibb and Director for Education & Skills of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development Andreas Schleicher to exchange views on various education issues.   She also met representatives of the Cambridge Partnership for Education to understand the institution's experience in supporting enhancement of the quality of education systems.   On May 8, Ms Choi met Global Technical & Vocational Education & Training Specialist of the Department for Business & Trade of the UK Jonathan Ledger and Jane Rexworthy, the chairperson of a vocational education organisation, the UK Skills Partnership.   During such meetings, she learnt about the UK's technical and vocational education and training policy, system and curricula and students' development pathways, as well as ways to explore potential collaboration on vocational and professional education and training between Hong Kong and the UK in future.

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