Racial Inclusion in Schools
Building on the success of the inaugural scheme, the scheme will expand its scope in 2023/24 school year. In addition to fostering mutual respect and acceptance among people of different racial backgrounds, it will also promote inclusion of people from different regional cultures and places of origin, such as new immigrants to Hong Kong. As the number of overseas and Mainland talents in Hong Kong continues to grow, the EOC believes that improving education on racial inclusivity in schools will create a friendlier environment for newcomers while better preparing the younger generation to thrive in an increasingly diverse society.
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To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) 2023, the Equal Opportunities Commission launched the Racially Friendly Campus Recognition Scheme for schools to spread awareness about the importance of racial equality and inclusion among students and staff community. A total of 60 primary and secondary schools have participated in the scheme:
Schools are recommended to develop their own racial inclusion policies to promote racial integration among students of which an important element is the prevention of racial discrimination and harassment on campus. In attempt to assist schools to kick-start the process, this Framework concerns prevention of racial discrimination and harassment. It defines the areas where policies are necessary and their application could further the objectives of racial inclusion.