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SCOLAR steps up the promotion of Putonghua
25 March 2006


The Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) will launch a new Putonghua-related TV programme later this year on top of its popular activities including drama, debate and award schemes.

This is one of the key initiatives of SCOLAR this year to step up the promotion of Putonghua.

The time frame for the activities will also be expanded to cover the whole year for more students and public to use and get acquainted with Putonghua.

At the launching ceremony of RTHK Putonghua activities today (25 March), SCOLAR member Ms Virginia Ng said SCOLAR spared no effort in promoting biliteracy and trilingualism in Hong Kong, striving to enhance our people's language standard and create a good language learning environment.

"SCOLAR will continue to co-organise the promotion of Putonghua activities with different organisations this year," she said.

Since 2002, SCOLAR has been organising large-scale activities to promote Putonghua, attracting more than 220,000 participants.  In view of the enthusiastic response from students and the community, SCOLAR decided to expand the scale by spreading the activities throughout the year to encourage more learning and using of Putonghua.

The activities to be held this year include the Putonghua performances and training by professional troupe for some 280 schools and the Inter-school Putonghua Debate Competition co-organised with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, both of which have been launched in February.

RTHK will also continue its support of SCOLAR by organising the well-received The Best Student Awards for Progress in Putonghua, The Most Active School Awards for Promoting Putonghua, Putonghua Broadcaster Training Programme and Putonghua Debate Camp for Young People.

More details about the activities are available on the SCOLAR website at

Established in 1996, SCOLAR advises the Government on language education issues and the use of the Language Fund.