Meeting the challenge of human rights education: The case of Hong Kong

Shui Che Janet FOK

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Abstract

Since 1 July 1997 Hong Kong has become a Special Administrative Region under the Peoples Republic of China. There is a difference in the interpretation of human rights between East and West. Even before the change of sovereignty human rights education was not an important element in the Hong Kong school curricula. The hidden curriculum is not supportive of human rights education either. During the United Nation Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2005), Hong Kong people are torn between the dichotomy of liberalism-communitarianism over human rights. This paper examines the attitude about human rights of Hong Kong Chinese people and the issues of human rights in Hong Kong schools, thereby throwing light on the prospect of human rights education in its relationship to education reform taking place in Hong Kong. The conclusion is that Hong Kongs education reform proposals already embody the spirit of human rights and they have laid the foundation for the development of human rights education. Copyright © 2001 The Institute of Asia Pacific Education Development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-65
JournalAsia Pacific Education Review
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001

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Citation

Fok, S. C. (2001). Meeting the challenge of human rights education: The case of Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Education Review, 2(1), 56-65. doi: 10.1007/BF03024932

Keywords

  • Development of Disciplinary Knowledge (e.g. Sociology, Psychology)
  • Corporal punishment
  • Education department
  • Nongovernment organization
  • Universal declaration
  • Civic education