This project is funded by Drs Richard Charles & Esther Yewpick Lee Charitable Foundation.

Rationale and Aim

A harmonious school facilitates children's happy learning, interpersonal skills and emotional control. All these can help with improving school bullying and mental health of youth.

In order to achieve a harmonious school, HAC co-operated with Dr. Annis Fung, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong and launched the project "Read to Change” in 2015. The project provided school-based storytelling social groups, with the use of Social Information Process (SIP) as theoretical framework and storytelling as means of intervention. It aimed at promoting children's pro-social behaviours, childhood aggression and conflict management.

Outcome

From 2015 to 2018, we served 11 schools and 2 centres while over 450 students were benefited. Reflected by research and observation, there were positive cognitive changes especially in hostile attribution and anger management among students. Their communication skills, empathy and interpersonal skills also improved. More than 70% of parents found that their children were more willing to help others.

In 2017, we were invited by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) to present project's rationale, design and results at the HKCSS Convention 2017 cum 70th Anniversary. There were over 100 audiences from social welfare, education or philanthropic backgrounds attended.

Development

In 2017-2018, the project is funded by Drs Richard Charles & Esther Yewpick Lee Charitable Foundation. In the coming year (2018-2019), we will co-operate with 7 schools in different districts and hope to help more students in need.

Join the project

Please download the enrolment form or contact Ms. Finko Fu at 23388347 / email: finko@hac.org.hkfor more details.

 



Collaborated with Dr. Annis Fung, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Science of the City University of Hong Kong and her research team, HAC launched the "Read to Change” programme in 2015. 110 primary students joined the programme. It was found that the emotional control, personal conduct and social skills of the children were enhanced after joining storytelling related sessions.

From October 2016 to July 2017, we will continue the programme in Wong Tai Sin district for 200 children aged six to ten. Ten units of storytelling sessions are provided.

After two years research and observation, there were positive cognitive changes especially in hostile attribution and anger management among students. It was believed that storytelling had therapeutic effect on reducing students’ reactive aggression and enhancing student’s empathy.

 
 

Primary School Students Sharing

"I love listen to story and role play, meanwhile I also learnt the steps to control my temper.”

Parents sharing

Picture book reading time was good for children to relax themselves from daily academic works. They can also develope good reading habit.

Schools joined the project in 2015

1. Baptist Rainbow Primary School

2. St. Patrick’s School

3. Evangel College




 
 
 
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