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Lai Chi Wo Field Leaders Training

Due to the overwhelming number of applications, this course is now full. Interested applicants could still apply through email and would be placed on a waiting list. Should further vacancies become available later on, applicants would be notified by email, and enrollment to the course would be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

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Course Title:
Lai Chi Wo Field Leaders Training

Course Code:

Mode of Study: 
Part Time

Contact Hours and Study Period: 
1-2 sessions per week, a total of 71 contact hours in 3 months’ time

Teaching Medium: 
Cantonese (Teaching materials in Chinese supplemented with English)

Commencement Date:
October 7, 2020 (Wednesday) 

Tuition Fee: 
Free of Charge (conditions apply*)

Application Deadline: 
September 25, 2020 (Friday) noon

Application Method:
Submit the following to the Academy for Sustainable Communities by the application deadline:

  • The completed Course Application Form with proof of academic qualification (by email or by post); and
  • A crossed cheque of HK$2,000 (by post)**

Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
Tel: 3917-4767
Email: ruralsd@hku.hk

Class Venue: 

  • The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam
  • The Conservancy Association, Kwai Chung


Please refer to the details of individual courses of the programme.

* Applicants are required to submit a crossed cheque of HK$2,000 as deposit. The cheque will be returned upon completion of the course with the Certificate of Completion obtained. Expense for site visit transportation and meals require a separate fee.
** The cheque should be payable to “The University of Hong Kong” with applicant's full name marked at the back of the cheque and sent to our office (Rm 703, 7/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU) by post (registered post recommended).


Course Description

Co-organised by the Academy and The Conservancy Association, this Lai Chi Wo (LCW) field leaders training course is for experienced participants to develop knowledge and skills to guide Lai Chi Wo field based experiential learning activities for primary and secondary school students. Participants will learn how to guide the field learning to school students, observe learning progress and give feedback.

Graduates of this course may be invited to guide Academy’s field based learning activities at LCW.

The training covers four themes: Ecology, Geography, Sustainable Agriculture, and Living Heritage.


Ecology (Core Tutors: Dr Angie NG, Dr Ying-Kin SO)

LCW is well-known for its tranquil environment and rich wildlife. This module will introduce the natural environment of LCW with a focus on its diverse habitats. Trainees will also be equipped with eco-guiding knowledge and technique. Learning elements include:

  1. Natural environment of LCW
  2. Characteristics and wildlife of the four habitat types: Fung Shui Wood, stream, coastal, and farmland
  3. Experience in ecological activities in the four habitat types: Fung Shui Wood, stream, coastal and farmland
  4. Eco-guiding and touring in LCW

Geography (Core Tutor: Dr Angie NG)

LCW and its surrounding is part of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.  Although LCW has no magnificent geological landscape, its well-blended geological features, local culture and history have made it a special place for visitors. This module will introduce LCW from the perspective of geography, with the following contents:

  1. Geographical setting and physical environment of LCW
  2. Geological and cultural history of LCW and its adjoining areas
  3. LCW and sustainable development

Sustainable Agriculture (Core Tutor: Ms Katie CHICK)

Agriculture production systems are facing multiple challenges arising from the increasing food demand; degradation of the environment; and climate change. Global attention has turned to sustainable agriculture practices, which consider all the dimensions of sustainability (environmental, social and economic) in both the supply and demand side in order to meet the current and future needs. Key learning topics include:

  1. Basic concepts of sustainable agriculture 
  2. Application of sustainable agriculture practices in LCW 
  3. Experiential farming opportunities at our farms in LCW 

Living Heritage (Core Tutor: Ms Anna YAU)

The LCW landscape had been going through a continuous, transformation process; living is the key spirit of the place. Until today, a slew of traditional living heritage could still be identified at LCW. These living heritage demonstrate strong nature-human linkages and the traditional wisdom of the Hakka people. The session is designed to provide:

  1. Basic understanding on the role of living heritage
  2. How the living traditions helps to ensure the continuity of the cultural landscape and Hakka community at LCW


Course Content and Timetable:

Date & Time Contents
Ecology (Four habitats: Fengshui forest, Mangrove, River, Farmland):
October 7, 2020 (Wednesday) 7pm-9pm Lecture: General introduction of the course and the four training themes
October 14, 2020 (Wednesday) 7pm-9pm Lecture: Ecology in Lai Chi Wo
October 17, 2020 (Saturday) 9am-6pm Ecology field study: Site introduction and field exercise
October 24, 2020 (Saturday) 9am-6pm Ecology field study: Field exercise
October 28, 2020 (Wednesday) 7pm-9pm Lecture: Geography in Lai Chi Wo
October 31, 2020 (Saturday) 9am-6pm Geography field study
Sustainable Agriculture & Living Heritage:
November 8, 2020 (Sunday) 9am-6pm AM: Field lecture on sustainable agriculture and living heritage
PM: Field exercise
November 14, 2020 (Saturday) 9am-6pm Full day field exercise on sustainable agriculture
November 15, 2020 (Sunday) 9am-6pm Full day field exercise on living heritage
November 25, 2020 (Wednesday) 7pm-8pm Written test assessment (MC questions)
December 5, 2020 (Saturday) 9am-6pm Field assessment - Day 1
December 6, 2020 (Saturday) 9am-6pm Field assessment - Day 2


Assessment and Recognition:

This course is co-organised by the Academy and The Conservancy Association. Students, who attained attendance rate of not less than 70% and have the course assessment passed, will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by the Academy for Sustainable Communities. Students must attend the 2-day field assessment.


Entry Requirements:
(a) have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in five subjects including Chinese Language and English Language; or
(b) have passed five subjects in HKCEE, including Chinese Language and English Language; or
(c) hold equivalent academic qualifications, taking into consideration individual merit


Sustainable Communities Fellowship Scheme:

Course graduates of the Academy are eligible to join the Sustainable Communities Fellowship Scheme. The scheme offers a platform for committed individuals to join force in the pursuit of community-based sustainability and facilitates experience sharing across different disciplines and sectors. Fellows would enjoy privileges in enrolling in courses and activities organised by the Centre for Civil Society and Governance (CCSG) at The University of Hong Kong. 
Application: To apply for the Sustainable Communities Fellowship Scheme, please complete the application form and submit it to ccsg@hku.hk


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