EOC Launches Online Resources to Support Learning and Promote Inclusion during COVID-19 Pandemic
In view of the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, classes of all schools will continue to be suspended until further notice. The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education will also be postponed to start on 24 April 2020. Joining the effort of minimising disruption to students’ education, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has produced an updated learning kit to accompany the 16 documentary videos on its YouTube channel. The learning kit would serve as a valuable online learning resource as different sectors of society, including students working on their Independent Enquiry Study Projects for Liberal Studies, have expressed an increasing interest in issues of equality and discrimination.
Developed by the EOC in 2017, the “EO Documentary” Online Learning Kit provides teachers with discussion topics and activity ideas for students, particularly in Liberal Studies classes. Available in Chinese and English, the updated learning kit features documentaries produced by the EOC, which examine various issues related to equality and inclusion, from sexual harassment and barrier-free design to the language barrier facing ethnic minorities in the city. Based on the topic and content of each video, the EOC has come up with suggestions for discussion sessions, role-plays and other activities. Teachers are welcome to tailor the materials to suit the interests and needs of different students, in order to facilitate reflection on the importance of equal opportunities in society.
The learning kit has been emailed to secondary schools across the territory. It has also been uploaded onto the EOC’s website (www.eoc.org.hk), where teachers and students can find further information on the anti-discrimination law and other useful resources on the topic. For details, please visit the Multimedia page of the EOC website.
In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a deluge of concern about discrimination in a variety of scenarios. From online to offline, the word “discrimination” has been tossed about so often that misinformation and misunderstanding abound. To explain how the anti-discrimination ordinances may or may not apply to various scenarios arising from the contagion, the EOC has created a new webpage bringing together the media statements and op-ed articles released by the Commission in relation to the outbreak, as well as links to media interviews and relevant services provided by NGOs. Members of the public can visit the Resource Centre page of the EOC website to learn more.
Equal Opportunities Commission
9 April 2020