Since the launch of the Law Week in 1991, new initiatives have been introduced to meet the needs of different social segments throughout the years. For over a decade, the Young Solicitors Group (“YSG”) has been collaborating with the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (“TWGHs”) in providing volunteer services to young children of under-resourced families. As a new initiative to stage its 25th Anniversary, the Law Week Organising Committee and the YSG co-organised a volunteer services programme to promote legal education and interest in the use of English to primary school students.
On 3 December 2016, over 20 Law Society volunteers travelled to Tuen Mun and were greeted by an enthusiastic group of around 40 primary school students at TWGHs Tuen Mun Integrated Services Centre. Immediate Past President Stephen Hung explained the role of lawyers as well as highlighted the legal rights and duties of citizens in the society. Council member and YSG Chairlady Serina Chan then led an interactive ice-breaking session and briefly introduced the key concepts of freedom and human rights.
Each volunteer then paired up with around two children to read and share the book entitled “We are all born free”. The book includes a selection of articles in plain English from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“Universal Declaration”) with beautiful illustrations, and introduces the core values of natural justice and equality, procedural fairness of the judicial system, fundamental human rights as well as anti-discrimination protection.
To enable the students to have a better understanding of the Universal Declaration, they were divided into small groups and each group staged a role play based on an article selected from the Universal Declaration under the guidance of the volunteers. The best performing group and the group which best demonstrated the underlying meaning of the selected article were awarded winners of the contest.
As in past years, with the overwhelming support from Law Society members, the volunteer vacancies were filled up shortly after the recruitment had started. It is most encouraging to receive positive feedback from TWGHs and to work with the children during the programme. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with TWGHs providing more opportunities for interested members to take part in these meaningful programmes.
George K.H. Chan
Committee Member, Young Solicitors’ Group
Happy faces of the children after listening to the sharing by Law Society volunteers on the book “We are all born free”.
The energetic Law Week volunteers, together with Immediate Past President Stephen Hung, Law Week OC and YSG members.
The winning team together with the Law Society volunteers and the adjudicator, Immediate Past President Stephen Hung.