Learning a foreign language is a piece of cake to some people.
It is "mission impossible" to others, particularly to children from
poor families where the opportunity to hear the language spoken is
far and in between. Effective and interesting teaching material is
around but expensive.
'Fun n' Friends' an interactive English Learning Programme for
junior levels is one such way to learn English.
Wiseman Education was the organisation that developed 'Fun n'
Friends'. It is used in many primary schools in Hong Kong and used
to run summer schools in mainland China, Macau and Malaysia as
well. Playtao Education, one of Social Ventures Hong Kong's
projects, was established to provide after-school learning programs
to primary school students from needy families. St James' Settlement is
a community centre in Hong Kong - they contributed to a recent
Common Purpose Meridian module on poverty, and took Meridian
participants to visit needy families.
What do these three organisations have in common? Each of them
had someone participate on Common Purpose Meridian and a natural
thing occurred. They joined forces to run English tutorial lessons
for children from needy families.
KP Tse of Wiseman donated the use of the learning materials and in
addition, used the opportunity to measure the effectiveness of the
courseware, yet again. Indeed results were most impressive with
pupils who have been struggling with English reported marked
improvement; more important than that they developed an interest in
Ronald Arculli, Common Purpose's new Chair in Hong Kong, was
interviewed by RTHK radio about our launch there and spoke to them
about what makes us different from other leadership development
You can listen to Ronald's interview on RTHK radio (or click here if you are having problems downloading
For more information about Common Purpose in Hong Kong, contact
Carina Wu, Course Manager:
T: +44 (0)20 7608 8118
F: +44 (0)20 7336 6844