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Students to shadow top officials 2018.04.30
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SECONDARY school students will have the opportunity to shadow ministers during the summer holidays, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung (張建宗) said.
Application to join the “Be a government official for a day” (與司局長同行) programme is opened from 30 April to 11 May to students in Secondary Four and Five in the 2017-18 school year.
Cheung said applicants should be self-motivated, interested in public service and possess good analytical and communication skills. Those eligible should be recommended by their schools.
Successful applicants will attend preparatory workshops before shadowing ministers. They will have to share their experiences with other students later.
The scheme is intended to inspire students. All three principal secretaries and 13 bureau chiefs will participate.
“We’ll share with students our experiences on personal growth, learning and careers, as well as our passion and ideals in our work,” he wrote. “Through interaction, we can understand the students’ thoughts about their future and their goals.”
Cheung said the scheme demonstrates the government’s new policy style, which aims to be innovative, interactive and highly transparent.
Cheung also said the Youth Development Commission (青年發展委員會) started operating on 1 April and it will unveil how it will use its HK$1 billion budget to support the young generation.

(This article is published on Junior Standard on 30 April 2018)

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