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We bring together educators, social innovators, local shops and residents in the community to foster an “education-friendly city”!

Neo Education Park

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We encourage school students and teachers to engage in more personally meaningful learning in the community, ranging from finding connection with the local heritage to designing their own social innovation projects. An “education-friendly city” allows everyone to learn in an authentic and autonomous way, in all kinds of environment, at all times, and with all people in the community.
Dan YIU, Founder of Neo Education Park
Everyone in an education-friendly city can freely transform every moment of life into learning, caring and sharing experience, instead of gradually becoming another brick in the wall.

Dan YIU, Founder of Neo Education Park

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Target Group
500
Children/Users
1
Country
2018
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
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Updated on October 19th, 2020
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What is Neo Education Park?

What we do?

Neo Education Park aims to incorporate innovation, heritage, and wellness in the learning experience using the form of camps in the local communities. While our primary targets are school-age youngsters, in the process we hope to inspire visions for the future education among the parents and fellow educators, plant a seed in our community partners (e.g. a local bakery with long and interesting history) to become part of an education change gearing towards an "education-friendly city".

Why we do it?

After 20 years of reform, the education in Hong Kong still focuses on the memorizing of information, maximizing productivity and following existing models, which might have been helpful in the industrial age, but become increasingly irrelevant in the 21st century. Youngsters suffer from the mismatch between the school outdated training and the demands in the world that is bigger than the city they live in. They also lose touch with their inner state, the immediate environment, and their roots and identity in the midst of all the challenges.

How we do it?

In Neo Education Park, which could happen anywhere, teachers from different schools, social innovators (e.g. upcycling designer), and local residents in the specific community (e.g. a retired fishermen village) collaborate to design activities and projects for participating students that would constitute the major part of their learning experience emphasizing on authenticity and autonomy. Students have opportunities to experience the everyday life in the community, observe the local needs, relating to global issues, and work together for proposed solutions. Impact on the students, parents and participating educators was explored and found promising in a preliminary research.  

Neo Education Park is organized by Neo Education Hong Kong, Hopeland Education and numerous passionate educators, social innovators and community partners in different districts of Hong Kong.

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Teachers finding satisfaction in teaching again
Teachers share the same vision, support one another and find satisfaction in teaching again. 
Inspire the public
Organising an open exhibition in the community on the final day to showcase their joy and learning outcomes.  
Cultural heritage and social awareness crossover
Raising the public awareness of environmental protection by re-designing a traditional floating parade which is one of the intangible cultural heritages of Hong Kong recognised by UNESCO.  
Design making for the community
After spending a day on the beach playing water sports, students found the beach rather dirty and polluted. They decided to create a beach cleaning device.
Character education in the community
Giving out local festive buns made by themselves in a local bakery, as a gesture of paying respect to the elderly in the community. 
Fisherman's friends
Visiting a local retired fishermen village, seeing the old wounds on a fisherman's arm, students learnt about the life stories of local fishermen. 
Design thinking for the community
Students tackling the bicycle parking problem by offering free parking service.
Communication through traditional art
Learning to use a traditional art form to promote their community exhibition of learning outcomes.
Learning about kindness
Learning about a local social entreprise using the income generated from selling homemade snacks to support the disadvantaged youth in the community.
Leisure activities with the locals
Learning water sports with the local coaches on the island.

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Achievements & Awards

July 2020
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