The Home Affairs Department is inviting schools enrolled with 30 or more non-Chinese speaking students to nominate students for the Harmony Scholarships. Schools interested in joining the Harmony Scholarships Scheme 2022/23 are requested to submit nomination forms by 12 December 2022. Please refer to the programme page for details.
The Home Affairs Department (HAD) held the Ceremony of Celebration Activities for Ethnic Minorities for the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on 28 August 2022 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland with ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. The Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Miss Alice Mak and the Director of Home Affairs, Mrs Alice Cheung together with other guests, officiated at the ceremony. They encouraged ethnic minorities to participate in a series of celebration activities organised by support service centres for ethnic minorities and community support teams commissioned by the HAD. There were also some stellar stage performances by talented and energetic performers from ethnic minorities and from local communities which fully demonstrated that people of diverse cultures and backgrounds in Hong Kong could respect and appreciate each other’s culture.
You can watch the below video for the showcase of the celebration activities organised by support service centres for ethnic minorities and community support teams commissioned by the HAD -
The awardee list of the Harmony Scholarships Scheme 2021/22 has been announced. Please refer to the programme page for details.
The Home Affairs Department has launched the District-based Programmes for Racial Harmony to sponsor non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to organise district-based activities to encourage interaction and exchange between the ethnic minority (EM) and local communities. Please refer to the project page for details.
The Government has launched the territory-wide COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (the Programme) to offer COVID-19 vaccination free of charge to all Hong Kong residents in a phased and orderly manner according to their risk categories. Under the Programme, COVID-19 vaccination will be available in different locations, including hospitals and clinics, and outreach to residential care homes and community vaccination centres. To prevent crowds from gathering and facilitate streaming of arrangements, members of the public can schedule an appointment on the Programme’s appointment website.
To prevent the spread of novel coronavirus in the community, members of the public should maintain good personal hygiene at all times and keep both hands clean. For details, please refer to our COVID-19 information page or the Centre for Health Protection’s thematic webpage.
Have you ever dreamt of turning your passion into a career? The Home Affairs Department (HAD) has always been supportive in building the personal development of ethnic minority youths in our community. In 2018, HAD first launched the Lifesaving Training Incentive Programme for Ethnic Minority Youths to provide ethnic minority youths with training to acquire the Lifesaving Bronze Medallion. When Mr Singh Sukhwinder, who loves swimming a lot, heard about the programme through one of the HAD’s eight support service centres for ethnic minorities, he applied for it right away and went through all the trainings. A year later in 2019, he continued his journey to become a qualified lifeguard by participating in the Pool Lifeguard Award Training Course. After completing the intensive training, Sukhwinder and 17 other ethnic minority youngsters successfully obtained the Pool Lifeguard Award! Shortly afterwards, Sukhwinder joined the Leisure and Cultural Services Department as a seasonal lifeguard for the 2020 swimming season. Check out Sukhwinder’s story of turning his love for swimming into his career here:
The Home Affairs Department has funded the Support Service Centres for Ethnic Minorities (EMs) to organise innovative programmes to help EM new arrivals integrate into community and/or the personal growth and development of EM youths. Please refer to the project page for details.