Low-income kids get aid going online Effort to get devices to grassroots students2020.03.25
THE Hong Kong government has recently said that it is concerned about grassroots kids trying to learn through online lessons, especially now that all students have to stay home, and that it has already set up many measures to help them.
The government said the Community Care Fund has been helping low-income students buy portable computers since 2018 to fulfil the goal of making digital learning available in all of Hong Kong. This lessens such students’ financial pressure as more schools ask their pupils to bring their own devices to class.
In addition, the Social Welfare Department (SWD) has been giving out subsidies to low-income families since 2010 so that they can use the internet, since many students now need to go online to do their homework. The current upper limit of the subsidy is HK$1,500 per year.
Tu Youyou joins Time’s Women of the Year
TIME magazine has recently announced its list of‘100 Women of the Year’, honouring pioneering women throughout its 100 years of history. Five Chinese women were on the list, including Nobel laureate Tu Youyou (屠呦呦), who discovered a chemical that helps fight malaria.
The magazine set up this project because most of its Persons of the Year were men, and the staff felt like they had overlooked many women who also deserve recognition. The short article about Tu was written by Melinda Gates, who is Bill Gates’ wife and also on the list.
The four other listed Chinese women are nuclear scientist Wu Shien-shiung, silent film actor Anna May Wong, feminist Xiang Jingyu and Soong Meiling, Sun Yat-sen’s wife and advocate for China during the Sino-Japanese war.
(This article is published on Goodies on 25 March 2020)