Between Monday 30th November and Friday 4th December, the three student winners of the “HK-EU School e-Learning Project: Green Living and Sustainability in the Community” from Barcelona, Spain were invited to fly to Hong Kong for their award visit. Earlier this year, they became the prize winners in the “Best Sustainable Community Project”, jointly with two students form Hong Kong. The names of the three Barcelona students from Institut Ernest Lluch are:
- Ana Al-Bitar
- Nicola Barker
- Mireia Martinez
Along with their teacher, Ms. Marta Larregola, the three students embarked on a busy week packed with activities organised by the EUAP, to learn more about the city of Hong Kong, as well as green facilities and initiatives in Hong Kong:
Monday 30Nov am: Excursion to the Hong Kong Wetland Park in Tin Shui Wai, New Territories
The students learned about the preservation of green space, ecology and wetlands that provide a habitat for seasonal birds and wildlife. The Hong Kong Wetland Park is one of the finest examples of the efforts the city makes to maintain and ensure biodiversity, with an aim to educate and conserve, and has become one of the first ecotourism attractions in the city.
Monday 30Nov pm: Visit to the three students’ partner school: The Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union Logos Academy in Tseung Kwan O
The students from Barcelona finally had the opportunity to meet their project partners Brian So and Rachel Mok, in addition to a meeting with teachers including Ms. Cecilia Lo and Mr. Richard Lee, and management levels of the school.
Tuesday 1Dec: Guided tour of a rooftop garden at Hysan Place, Causeway Bay
The rooftop garden is located in one of the busiest and densest parts of Hong Kong. The tour is given by Ms. Jessica Lau from the “Sustainable Ecological Ethical Development Foundation” (SEED). Ms. Jessica Lau was also one of the judges specially invited to decide on the best Group Community Projects. The rooftop garden is an attempt to encourage urban farming and to provide a green space that can be shared.
Wednesday 2Dec: Trip to Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens in Tai Po, New Territories
The farm is one of the most notable educational sites for sustainability and nature conservation in Hong Kong, including farming, wildlife rescue facilities and the maintaining of Hong Kong’s invaluable countryside.
Thursday 3 Dec: HK-EU School e-Learning Project Presentation at the Barcelona Stand, BODW/ Innovation & Design Technology Expo, HK Convention & Exhibition Centre
This event is held in cooperation with the Barcelona City Council at the”Business of Design Week (BODW)” which is hosted this year by the city of Barcelona. The two students from HKCCCU Logos Academy also gave a presentation, and words of recognition were given by the Deputy Mayor of the Barcelona City Council, Mr. Gerard Pisarello. Around 50 guests including teachers, students and those from the business sector joined the event, engaging the winning students in questions and conversations to find out more about their experiences from the project.
The five students together were presented as the “Best Sustainability Ambassadors” of the Project, and this visit gave them the opportunity to exchange dialogues and experiences in person, while strengthening both the students’ and the schools’ relationship and partnership – one of the core aims of the project from the outset. To revisit their top prize winning project once again, please see:
With the completion of the Spanish students’ visit to Hong Kong, the two winning students from Hong Kong, Brian So and Rachel Mok, will also be visiting Barcelona, estimated to take place in June 2016.