Tsz Chung Chung
Quick Overview: "The African Dream" is a 6-day HK-Africa university level exchange program to connect the socio-economically underprivileged African undergraduates and Chinese students from Hong Kong. It is not a traditional tutorial programme, rather, it is one that enables them to engage in real-life dialogues and be the change-makers in their communities. "The African Dream" is the continuation of the first social-inclusion program I co-founded, "WeLearn" (https://welearnhku.wordpress.com/), under which we have been endorsed by HKU CEDARS under their incubation scheme, and we have secured HKD 75k funding from HKU and three private donors. "WeLearn" is partnering with HKU professors and local NGOs as well. Detailed Proposal: The University of Hong Kong 2016 The African Dream Empowering the Future Leaders in Africa via the Hong Kong Bridge Chung Tsz Chung Contents Executive Summary. 2 Vision - Empowerment. 2 Means - Experimental Learning. 2 Participants – Global-citizenship. 2 Vision. 4 Mission. 4 Program Background. 5 Ahfad University for Women. 5 Hong Kong – Sudan Ties. 5 Africa. 5 Team Members. 6 Founder. 6 Advisory Board. 6 Volunteers. 7 Student Representative. 7 Description, format and schedule of the activities. 8 Schedule. 8 Venue and Participants. 8 Lecture – knowledge-based learning. 9 Seminar – student-led presentation. 9 Forum – idea-generation workshop. 9 Extra Curricular Activity – liberal-arts learning. 9 Special Event – action-based learning. 10 SWOT analysis. 12 Timeline. 13 Budget summary. 14 Tools and methods of project evaluation. 15 Plan on how to share the project outcomes and impact with the community. 16 The African Dream Empowering the Future Leaders in Africa via the Hong Kong Bridge Executive Summary Vision - Empowerment The Africa Dream is a Hong Kong-Africa university level exchange program which fosters personal growth and global awareness. Sudan, in particular Ahfad University for Women (AUW) is chosen to be the pilot base in the African continent for our testing stage. The Africa Dream will be the first partnership project between The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Ahfad University for Women. By providing a dialogue platform between the social-economically underprivileged African AUW undergraduates and Chinese university students from HKU, it promotes cultural understandings and global civil engagement in both HKU and AUW students. And more important, participants will have the chance to realize the impacts they can make, in both their home country and across the continent. We envision the program participants to share and apply their experience upon returning to their own communities. Means - Experimental Learning The African Dream is an experimental learning program which provides African students a Chinese college setting experience, as they will be taking part in courses and engaging in exchanges with HKU students. Our HKU participant can in turn serve as real-life models in depicting educational settings in Hong Kong. This is a way for the African students to get a taste of Chinese college life and culture under a university framework (participating with HKU students, and lessons are conducted inside HKU campus). This intensive 6-day workshop is unique because participants will learn about each others’ culture, and exchange ideas under an experimental setting, which is something that they won’t learn in the usual home university class settings. Participants – Global-citizenship Students of the program will be from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, this is especially important – I realize how much differences between people in the two places during my stay in Sudan. Participants are expected to immerse in an array of inspiring learning and exchange activities that brings about global perspectives. It allows students to unleash their potentials, gain exposure to the world and give back to their communities through real-life experience. Students will be given opportunities to take leadership role, realize the impact they can make, in the end that will help them in the future. They can make a huge influence to their peers with their stories. As a long-term relationship building goal, outstanding participants will have the chance to give sharing at the partner university, depending on the preference of the respective faculty members. The African Dream aims to provide a diverse, global, culturally-engaging experience for both sides throughout the one week session in the spring semester 2017 and takes place within the campus of HKU. This year’s theme is set to be education; in particular we will touch on the national education systems in both places as well as the university education models. The session consists of classes, students-led discussion seminars and ideas-exchange forums conducted and communicated by professors and students from HKU and AUW. This is a pilot program under which we are requesting a HKD57,190 funding, we will seek funding for future semesters after the pilot is evaluated. After the pilot phase, outstanding AUW student participants will be recruited to come back and deliver guest lectures at HKU classes if possible. This is to pass on knowledge, passion and aspirations. Our motto is “Empowering the Future Leaders in Africa via the Hong Kong Bridge” Vision HKU and AUW students: •Empowerment and Leadership through Cultural Exchange Sudan and Hong Kong Community: •Cultural understanding through participant sharing Mission HKU and AUW students: •Foster cultural understanding and civil engagement •Build up a lasting impact on global citizenship •Realization of abilities to be a change-maker •Long-term relationship building Program BackgroundAhfad University for Women Ahfad University for Women (AUW) is the first women university in Sudan, it aims to promote female education in Sudan. Higher education for Sudanese women are discourages for long; AUW has provided the chance for lots of females in receiving quality higher education. Most of the female students are the first in their family having the chance to go to college, they have come through more obstacles than students in developed countries. From the founder’s personal experience, a lot of AUW undergraduates are looking for opportunities to go and look at the world, The Sudanese Dream program aims to offer them the chance to learn and exchange ideas with people from aboard for the first time also. AUW has a scholarship that admits poor students from rural states; it offers free education to a substantial proportion of students through this special funding scheme. This has a huge impact on the recipient students, as very often they end up being the change maker in their respective states. The Sudanese Dream works to continue the spirit of change-making, in the form of letting AUW participants realize the impact they can bring to the other side of the world. Hong Kong – Sudan Ties Apart from being diplomatic partners, There is not much economic linkages and high-level cooperation between Hong Kong and Sudan. From the founder’s personal experience, in terms of culture and daily lives, AUW students do not know much about Hong Kong, and this is the same for HKU students. This situation is in particular surprising given that both sides are fairly knowledgeable on their neighbouring countries (e.g., AUW students are having no trouble describing daily life of a typical Ethiopian) and a number of American (e.g. U.S.A.) and European countries (e.g. UK). The Sudanese Dream takes up the challenge to close this knowledge gap between both HKU and AUW students. Africa Our program picks Sudan as the first base to grow, because we have extensive networks and experience working there. We are expecting to expand the network to other East African countries after the first phase, right now we have established initial contacts with start-up programs and people in Keyna, and in 2018 we plan to launch our on-the-ground program in Kenya. The 3 to 5 year goal is to have our program partners with 3 East African countries (Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia), and ultimately we are hoping to build collaboration across the whole African continent. Team Members Founder Chung Tsz Chung (HKU BSc: Risk Management & Economics) UID: 3035071852 A highly-qualified undergraduate with extensive footprint round the globe; his experience studying and working in the UK, Norway, Sudan and mainland China has made him realise how much impacts one can make on the world, regardless of age and social status. This motivates him to set up such a Hong Kong – African exchange platform because most students in Africado not understand how powerful they can be. In 2015 he was the only student from HKU who was awarded a scholarship from the Tallories Network to volunteer in Sudan, Africa. He was also a member of the Refugee Student Supporting Committee, under which they submitted a proposal and received funding from the United Nation. As a former core member of Novus Life Science (20 of the world’s hottest start-ups of 2014 by CNBC), he has extensive social network and startup know-how. He has co-founded a HKU social-inclusion program WeLearn (https://welearnhku.wordpress.com/) with two friends earlier this year. The project has been endorsed by HKU Cedars, advised by HKU professor and partnered with local NGOs. The experience of education project management has inspired him to further develop The Africanese Dream program. Advisory Board HKU Faculty: African Studies Department Lecturers The HKU African Studies Department is the only educational department which offers Africa-related study program in Hong Kong. The lecturers will be conducting several lectures during the program, with the aim of grounding up foundations for upcoming student-led discussions. Because of their experience in African Studies program design and afministration, We will also be working closely with the lecturers in designing the program curriculum, especially in terms of objectives and scope. This position will be recruited through the personal network of the founder. AUW International Office: Nafisa Bedri (Director) The International Office at AUW is responsible for all the affairs with regard to overseas visits, including visa processing and exchange student recruitment. Over the past years the International Office at AUW has expanded its network of partner institutions, and they are actively looking for exchange and funding opportunities for students there. This position will be recruited through the personal network of the founder. AUW Faculty: Gender Studies Lecturers (Under School of Rural Extension, Education and Development, Selected Based on the Theme of the Year) The lecturers will be preparing selected students in giving out 4 seminars presentations in regard to the program theme. The founder has attended relevant classes in 2015. This position will be recruited through the personal network of the founder. Volunteers Documentary Shooters: Volunteers who are responsible for recording a documentary over the 1 week program; the documentary will be shown during the sharing session in both Sudan and Hong Kong, used as application and publicity materials in further funding application and the upcoming phases of the program. This position will be recruited publicly through HKU CEDARS’ channel. Program Administrators: Volunteers who are responsible for communicating with HKU and AUW students; they will be providing one-to-one support to the AUW students in airport pickup, get-around and accommodation show-around. They will also be conducting end-of-session interviews and program evaluation. Program Coordinators: Volunteers who are responsible for confirming program details with various parties, including HKU and AUW students, HKU and AUW advisors. They will be making sure the whole program is on track to run smoothly. Program Marketers: Volunteers who are responsible for the marketing of the program; job responsibilities include website building, program recruitment and social media account management. They will be releasing our photos and documentary towards the end of program. Student Representative AUW and HKU Students: High-profile undergraduates who are enthusiastic towards ideas exchange and sharing; they are expected to deliver two seminar-based presentations on the theme topic. Upon returning to their home university they will be asked to share their experience to fellow students; this is part of the initiative in making an impact to the larger AUW community. Description, format and schedule of the activities Schedule The Intensive 6-day Schedule of The Africanese Dream (beginning in the spring semester 2017) Day Event Theme 0 HKU and AUW Students orientation – program briefing 1 Lecture & Special Event (Sports Day) Education l National Education System 2 Lecture & Extra Curricular Activity Education l University Education Model 3 Seminar & Special Event (Fashion Show) Education l National Education System 4 Seminar & Special Event (Talent Show) Education l University Education Model 5 Forum & Extra Curricular Activity Education l National Education System 6 Forum & Special Event (Cultural Carnival) Education l University Education Model Venue and Participants Venue: HKU Campus Target no. of participants: 18-23 throughout the whole program We are sponsoring 2-3 qualified AUW undergraduates in making their first-ever exchange journey to HKU. They will be matched by 6-9 HKU undergraduates, live and study with them for a week. We will recruit 1-2 documentary shooters, and 6 student volunteers sharing the role of program coordinators, administrators and marketers. They will be working closely with the founder and advisory board throughout the implementation of the program. The advisory board will take the lead on setting up the framework on specific area under the theme. We will also invite professionals such as professors from both faculty of Social Science to give out guest lectures or opening speech whereas possible. Lecture – knowledge-based learning Lectures are the warm-ups. By laying out the general framework and providing basic background information regarding the theme, it aims to facilitate discussions in the later seminars and forums. The theme of this pilot phase is education; students shall get to learn about the background of education system in both countries and certain universities. Lectures will be conducted by professors from the African Study Department at HKU. Seminar – student-led presentation After discussing with the advisory board, student participants enjoy high level of flexibility to choose a subject that they are interested to present about, under the theme and sub-topics for each year. Each AUW students will be paired with 3 HKU students, and three discussion groups of 4 students are expected to be formed. Seminars are student-led, while professors and participating students are asked to question and discuss about the presentation materials up then. The theme of this pilot phase is education; students shall present research findings about the education system in both countries and their own universities. Forum – idea-generation workshop For the final 2 days we will be running student forums in the form of large group. With the help of our advisory board, the 6-9 student participants will work out a set of suggestions in regard to the theme. Students are expected to share the ideas back to their community upon returning to their home university. Forums will be conducted in the form of position statement, debate, and working-lunch; each student is expected to come up with a proposal suggesting changes to be made with respect to the theme. During the 2-day they will be working together to defend, improve and integrate different voices together, thus coming up with a final set of guidelines. We will invite the advisory board members to host the forum. The theme of this pilot phase is education; therefore the proposal would suggest changes to be made with respect to the education system in both countries and their own universities. Extra Curricular Activity – liberal-arts learning Students can interact more with the academic fellows through lively and light-hearted extra curricular activities. The array of activities can be ranged from coffee-making to food-sharing. ECAs are intended to perform a purpose of session break and team building throughout the program. Special Event – action-based learning Apart from regular sharing and learning, students will be allocated into 3 groups which are overseen by our program administrators. We expect students to learn to discuss, comprise, coordinate and cooperate particularly through the special events. The sequence of events is set on purpose. Students will acquire more and more freedom as time goes by. Sports Day: This event is for academic fellows, buddies and students to get to know each others through games and have fun The focus is on team building and cooperative activities which value process. In other words, it could be competitive, while we emphasis the cooperative aspect a lot more. This is a team building event under which students who are not good at sports can also enjoy and have fun. Fashion Show: Provide recyclable materials for students to exercise their innovation, creativity and train their oral skills in making justification and explanations. Materials will be given to the students and they are required to prepare one cloth along with the introduction on the design and a catwalk. Students have full power on every detail. The focus is on confidence training through sharing of ideas. Talent Show: The students will take the initiatives to plan, organize and actualize their plans. This is a team building event, students can dance, sing or write. This is the event which students can fully exercise their creativity, imagination and innovation Cultural Carnival: Organize cultural booths to participate in the open space of HKU campus; the students will be given opportunities to present their fashion art project in front of the public. Since the cultural carnival is held in a public space, students have to step further from their comfort zone and communicate with strangers with their ideas. Run-down of the day of session 0900 Arrival 0905-0925 Breakfast 0930-0950 Group Assembly (detailing the run-down and objectives of the day) 1000-1200 Session 1 (a 2-hour lecture session / 2 1-hour seminar sessions / a 2-hour forum) 1205-1330 Lunch Break 1335-1535 Session 2 (Special Event / Extra Curricular Activity / 2 1-hour seminar sessions / a 2-hour forum) 1540-1655 Coffee Break 1700-1800 Session 3 (Special Event / Extra Curricular Activity) 1805-1825 Wrap up 1830 Departure SWOT analysis Strengths •Passion-driven and experienced committee members and teaching crew which makes it a supportive and welcoming place to the students •High continuity, long-term program and clear path for both AUW and HKU students participants •the members of the student participants are of similar ages, no generation gap, much easier to communicate and get along with •Founder and teaching team have diverse backgrounds and international exposure Weaknesses •Students-based participants come from different major, not as skilled and experienced as professional speakers / change-makers at first. Lectures and seminars will be conducted before the idea-generating forums. •Non-self-sustainable in the pilot phase, heavily rely on external funding and sponsorships. We will be seeking for long-term private donation and consider partnering with companies in the upcoming phases •Not able to cater students with different special needs (e.g. special learning needs) due to a lack of specialties. The student participants will be screened for the pilot phase, but we will consider taking in participants with special needs in the future Opportunities •Intensive 6-day cultural exchange activities with African students are still rare to many HKU students, and it is FREE to join us •Some of the AUW students’ lack the chance to go out and realize how powerful they can be, WE ARE A SOLUTION Threats •Since the course is 6 days long for HKU students and teachers (2 weeks training plus 8 weeks teaching), it might be less appealing due to the clash with midterms and classes. We will try to fit the schedule within the reading week of HKU •Similar situation applies to AUW students, it will clash with their academic study. We will ask for permission from their own faculty members, through the personal network of Nafisa Bedri (Director of AUW International Office) •AUW parents and teachers might worry their children travelling too far to HKU. We will ensure one-to-one support from our program coordinators. • Timeline June 2016 • Sponsorship & Funding July – August 2016 • Student Recruitment of AUW Students September – October 2016 • Visa Processing of AUW Students • Workshop and Briefing for AUW Students (Founder will be supervising the whole process at AUW) • Volunteer Recruitment November 2016 • Student Recruitment of HKU Students December 2016 • Program Finalisation • Program Briefing for HKU students and volunteers (tentatively on 11/12 or 18/12 January – June 2017 • The African Dream - Sudan January – June 2018 • The African Dream – Sudan, Kenya Note: Sponsorship & Funding will continue all the way from February 2016 as we will need sustainable funding for the continuation of WeLearn in the subsequent years. Budget summary Below enlisted our summarized budget for reference. Refer to the embedded Excel file “The African Dream Budgeting” for further items breakdown and justificaion. HKU will be hosting the location, and professors from the African studies department will be giving out lectures. We will be asking AUW lecturers in the department of gender studies (under school of rural extension, education and development) to conduct workshop on topics in regard to the program theme (for this year it would be Sudanese national and university-level education model), before their students representatives come and present at HKU. Tools and methods of project evaluation The success of our project essentially links to the program participants (which includes academic fellows and students themselves) and outcomes. Questionnaires and interviews will be employed as the primary source of evaluation techniques for academic fellows. Student participants will attend a face-to-face upon program completion. The intention is to collect opinion on program supports and logistics. During the exit interview, student participant will also receive feedback from advisory board members and other student participants, consequently they would be able to reflect on one self plus learn from the others. The evaluation is qualitative by nature. The opinion will be collected via evaluation form, and summarized by the program administrators. The two pivotal focal points on evaluation form would be 1. Communication Skills (from student participants) and 2. Leadership Skills (from advisory board) Positive tones and attitudes will be employed in all sorts of evaluations and interviews in order to appreciate the growth and improvement of the participants and encourage them to develop further. We are hoping to facilitate our participants in the process of building confidence in themselves. At the end students participants will receive a recommendation letter written by our advisory board members. Last but not least, the program itself will be appraised by all of the student participants, volunteers and advisory board members. All of them will be filling in evaluation forms at the end of term. Comments and opinions will also be received from student participants through the exit interview. Informal interviews will also be conducted with students participants and volunteers on a random basis. Plan on how to share the project outcomes and impact with the community We will post up the documentary film through social media, and students are expected to held a sharing session upon returning to their home university, We are planning to hold a few briefing sessions before opening our recruitment for the second round which will be on the spring semester of AY17/18. These briefing sessions will include experience- sharing from our student participants and Q&A between attendees and us. Outstanding AUW (or HKU) students will also get the chance to come back and present guest lecture in HKU (or AUW) courses in future semester, depending on the preference of African Study (or Gender Studies) professors.