The Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) announced today (15 March) the call for applications for grant to organise large-scale Putonghua promotion activities.
"Since its inception, SCOLAR has spared no effort in promoting the learning and use of Putonghua by encouraging and sponsoring relevant activities for students and the community. In particular, SCOLAR, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Putonghua League, has organised campaigns to promote Putonghua on an annual basis since 2002, featuring some 40 activities which attracted more than 220 000 participants", a spokesman for SCOLAR said.
"In view of the overwhelming response, SCOLAR has decided to expand the scale of the Putonghua promotional activities from individual projects that last for several months to a year-long programme covering the entire school year. Local organisations with relevant experience and qualifications are invited to apply for grants to organise large-scale non-profit-making activities in 2005/06 school year with a view to raising the Putonghua proficiency of the general public and students by providing more opportunities for them to use and practise the language," he added.
Interested parties may submit their proposals between 16 March and 17 May 2005, covering the following areas only:
- to organise Putonghua drama performances and/or trainings and/or competitions for students of local secondary and primary schools;
- to organise Putonghua student ambassador training programmes for students of local secondary and primary schools;
- to organise Putonghua broadcaster training classes/competitions for students of local upper primary, secondary schools and tertiary institutions;
- to organise Putonghua debate competitions and/or day camps for students of local secondary schools and tertiary institutions;
- to organise award programmes for students, teachers, and/or schools of local schools;
- to organise Putonghua singing contests for the general public;
- to organise a large-scale prize presentation ceremony cum performance show.
There will be no pre-set form for applications. Interested parties are suggested to read through the attached guidelines (in Chinese) prior to submitting their proposals which should be written in Chinese. A Vetting Panel will be formed by SCOLAR to review the proposals received according to their cost-effectiveness, creativity, feasibility and coverage of beneficiary. Proposals targeted specific districts, occupations, organisations, communities, or societies, or beyond the above-mentioned areas will not be considered.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 5:00 p.m. on 17 May. Applications can be submitted in person or by post to the following address:
Standing Committee on Language Education and Research
Room 934, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East,
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Late or faxed/e-mailed applications will not be accepted. For enquiries, please contact Ms Jenny Lee by phone at 2892 6545, by fax at 2801 7732 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Established in 1996, SCOLAR advises the Government on language education issues and the use of the Language Fund.