The Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) today (29 March) called for organisations to apply for grants to organise territory-wide Putonghua promotion activities.
"Since 2002, SCOLAR has been organising large-scale activities to provide a diversified and fun-filled environment for students to learn Putonghua outside the classroom. Various community-wide activities have also been launched to create an atmosphere for the public to learn Putonghua", a spokesman for SCOLAR said.
"In view of the enthusiastic response to these activities, SCOLAR has decided to invite organisations interested in organising activities to promote Putonghua to apply for grants for organising non-profit-making activities in 2007 and 2008 with a view to raising the Putonghua proficiency of the general public and students by creating more opportunities for them to use and practice Putonghua," he said.
Interested parties may submit their proposals from today until 3 May to organise school-based activities including drama, debate, public speaking, music, and training for radio broadcasting and radio drama, as well as public activities for the wider community.
A Vetting Panel to be formed under SCOLAR will review the proposals received based on their cost-effectiveness, creativity, feasibility, coverage of beneficiaries and proponents' track record in organising similar activities. Proposals not within the above-mentioned school-based activities, or those targeted at specific districts, sectors, organisations, communities, or societies will not be considered.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 6:00 p.m. of 3 May. Applications can be submitted in person or by post to the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research at Room 1702, Skyline Tower, 39 Wang Kwong Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon (Attention: Project Co-ordinator (3)). Late or faxed/e-mailed applications will not be accepted.
For more details, please refer to the SCOLAR website at: http://www.language-education.com. For enquiries, please contact the SCOLAR Support Unit by phone at 3165 1189 or by email at email@example.com.
Established in 1996, SCOLAR advises the Government on language education issues and the use of the Language Fund.