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01 / 08 / 2017

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. announced its latest report on
 Views of Senior Secondary Students on Taking a Gap in Their Studies

A survey on 905 S.4 to S.6 senior secondary students noted that they have positive views of gap year. Respondents believed taking a gap can broaden students' horizons, improve their independence and help students find their life goals. They scored an average 8.10, 7.65 and 7.58 points respectively on a 0-10 scale, where 10 indicated totally agree, while 5 indicated “half-half”.

If the Gap Year program was implemented in secondary school, 75.7% of the respondents said they would consider joining the program and 4.6% thought otherwise. Enriching life experience (62.9%) was the main reason of joining the program. However, afraid of delaying study (60.0%) was the main reason for not joining the program.

More than ten percent (12.7%) of the respondents did not have a life dream and more than thirty percent (30.6%) found it hard to say or not clear. Major reasons for not having a dream included not knowing their own capabilities (56.2%), not having discovered personal interests (56.2%) and uncertainty about the direction of future development (41.1%).

The study recommended a pilot Gap Year scheme organized for senior secondary students, a seat reservation mechanism for gap year participants within secondary and post-secondary institutions and propagandizing and popularizing the idea of Gap Year.


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29 / 07 / 2017

Journal of Youth Studies
January 2017

Volume 20 . Issue No. 1

Serial No. 39




The Belt and Road refers to the land-based "Silk Road Economic Belt" and the seagoing "21st Century Maritime Silk Road". The routes cover about 70 countries and regions from Asia to Europe. This innovative concept has aroused global concerns and discussions.

The latest issue of the HKFYG Journal of Youth Studies (JYS) focuses on the Belt and Road Initiative and its opportunities for youth. How Hong Kong can capitalise on its unique status to enhance its position by taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by this concept; and how Hong Kong young people can create their positive attitude towards the Initiative become a hot topic.

The rapid development of the new media has brought many changes to our modern lives. The second theme of this issue is to examine the relationship between the new media and self-harm in young people. To what extent do young people’s self-destructive behaviour triggered by new media become a major concern. The topic in the Pan-Chinese Societies Exchange section of the journal is “The New Media and Suicidal cases among youth”, which provides more discussion and perspectives in this area.


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26 / 06 / 2017

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. announced its latest report on
 Young People's Views on Togetherness

A territory-wide telephone survey on 519 young people aged 15 – 34 noted that an overwhelming majority (95.2%) of respondents considered social togetherness to be important to Hong Kong. In their views, the greatest meaning for Hong Kong to have social togetherness is to improve people’s livelihood (27.6%), keep it moving on (27.4%), or increase people’s sense of belonging (20.8%).

Close to half (49.3%) of respondents referred to the sense of belonging when asked about the crucial element for social togetherness. This is followed by the option of mutual trust among people (43.8%). One-third (33.3%) said that it was a society with rational based.

As high as 87.3% of respondents did not agree with the notion that “whether HK is having togetherness or not is none of their business”.

Respondents indicated an average of 7.30 points when asked to rate the extent to which they felt the society was in tearing in recent years (on a scale of 0-10, with 10 denoting very serious, and 5 represented a general).

It is usual for people to have different views in a diversifying society. Yet, it does not mean social togetherness is impossible. It requires the cooperation and engagement of each member in society. Whether Hong Kong could be a society with a greater sense of togetherness would be a common challenge for the government, the civil society organizations, each citizen, and the society as a whole.

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31 / 05 / 2017

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. announced its latest report on
 How Young People Cope with Stress

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. (established by HKFYG Youth Research Centre) has released its study on “How Young People Cope with Stress”. Data gathered from 520 Hong Kong young people via a territory-wide random sampling telephone survey aged 12-29 showed that more than 60% of respondents indicated 6 points or above on a 0-10 scale (10 denoted the highest level level) when asked to rate the level of stress that they were facing. Over 20% even said that their level reached 8 to 10 points. The average period of stress was 39.5 days. Deteriorating moods (31.2%), anxiety (26.0%) and insomnia (21.1%) were the most common symptoms. Some respondents from case interviews disclosed that they lacked knowledge in coping stress or managing emotion, and neglected the importance of handling the problem at the early stage.

The study recommended a fully subsidized outdoor education camps for all senior primary and junior secondary school students to boost confidence, communication and problem-solving skills. It also recommended promoting anti-stress message sharing scheme led by young people to strengthen youngsters’ skills in handling stress.

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27 / 04 / 2017

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. announced its latest report on
 Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Development of Creative Craftsmanship in Hong Kong

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. (established by HKFYG Youth Research Centre) has released its study on “Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Development of Creative Craftsmanship in Hong Kong”. Data gathered from 520 Hong Kong Residents aged 18 or above showed that 28.2% thought the most disadvantage condition for craftsmanship development is the short of talents, 23.0% thought it is the short of space. Some young creative craftsman cases revealed that space is the most significant problem in craft production. There are also cases facing management and technical problems in mass production.

The study recommended setting up a “Creative Craftsmanship Cluster” to support the development of Creative Craftsmanship. It also recommended the government to subsidize the use of technology and automation in advancing creative craftsmanship.

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28 / 03 / 2017

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. announced its latest report on
 STEM Education in Primary Schools

A questionnaire survey on 520 P.4 to P.6 senior primary school students noted that 40.8% were not familiar with STEM Education. Respondents tend to believe that their creativity and problem solving skill were slightly above average, they scored 5.95 and 5.79 respectively (0-10 scale, 10 indicates extremely good ).

Primary Students polled did not participate in any kinds of STEM learning activity because they have too many assignments (49.8%), the classes are too costly (36.2%) and do not have passion for related subjects (36.0%).

Some STEM experts and educators interviewed also claimed Hong Kong Primary Schools encountered some obstacles, including labour, subvention, resources shortage etc. when they promoted STEM Education.

STEM Education is significant to improve students’ different capabilities. It is worth putting more effort to advance the STEM Education in Primary Schools.

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01 / 03 / 2017

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. announced its latest report on
 Youth Peoples's Views on the Performance of Political Appointments

A territory-wide telephone survey on 532 young people aged 15 – 34 noted that more than half of them expected the Principal Officials under the Political Appointment System could have the abilities to grasp public opinions (57.7%), or with accountability spirit (55.2%). Yet, some 65% (64.8%) of the respondents did not think that they trusted the Principal Officials.

Regarding the biggest problem of the System, 43.9% of the respondents said that there was a lack of a mechanism in monitoring the performance of the politically-appointed officials. 35.2% referred it to the poor transparency of the appointment process.

With the development of the society, while the political landscape of the society is full of challenges, it is worth putting more efforts on strengthening the mutual trust and understanding between the public and the officials, as well as to improve the governance performance of the officials. End

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24 / 01 / 2017

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. announced its latest report on
 Young people's views on “Hong Kong 2030+”

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. has released its eighteenth study on Young people's views on “Hong Kong 2030+”. Data gathered from 512 young respondents aged 18-34 found that 57.8% of young people surveyed indicated Hong Kong’s livability is above average. This statement received an average score of 5.8 on the scale of 0 to 10. 74.0% of them thought the greatest shortcoming of Hong Kong as a livable city is crowded living environment.

In addition, 80.2% of young respondents thought Hong Kong must increase its land supply to meet the housing demands. This statement received an average score of 7.4 on the scale of 0 to 10.

For the ways to increase land supply, more respondents (61.1%) claimed they were most receptive to develop brownfield sites; while the most unacceptable was the development of country parks (54.0%).

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29 / 12 / 2016

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. announced its latest report on
 “Flexible Employment of Today's Youth”

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. (established by HKFYG Youth Research Centre) has released its study on “Flexible Employment of Today’s Youth”. Data gathered from 528 working youth aged 15-34 showed that 51.1% of them took up flexi-work in the past year, most (52.4%) saying flexible employment offers greater control over working hours while 44.8% saying it was more lucrative than conventional jobs.

The study recommended setting up a platform of “Flexi Circle” to provide supporting service and information. It also recommended the Education Bureau to improve the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Mechanism of the Qualifications Framework so that flexi-work experience can be accumulated officially.

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15 / 12 / 2016

Journal of Youth Studies
July 2016

Volume 19 . Issue No. 2

Serial No. 38




The latest issue of the HKFYG Journal of Youth Studies (JYS) focuses on pressures faced by the younger generation. New generation faces many kinds of challenges including unequal distribution of wealth and resources, keen competition in higher education, and overwhelming information from new media. To address the issue, we need to investigate the source of pressures from different perspectives.

The second theme is about educational work of cultural heritage conservation. Cultural heritage conservation is a hot topic nowadays. Public feels more obligated to conserve heritage in community. The topic in the Pan-Chinese Societies Exchange section of the journal is “Educating youth in cultural heritage conservation”, which provides more discussion and insights on this topic.


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