About


WHO ARE WE?

EdQuity is a non-profit organization that strives for equity in educational opportunities for students and young adults. We are led by an international group of secondary school and university students and university graduates who are passionate about education and its accessibility to all, especially for Hong Kong students and young adults. We make a difference by organizing events such as mentorship, discussion-based learning, and seminars for Hong Kong students and young adults for free.


OUR CAUSE

In Hong Kong's status quo, the availability of educational opportunities for students to realize and reach their potential is heavily dependent on factors out of their control, such as their socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender. We believe opportunities to receive quality education and gain life experience should be available to all. Every student should have the means and freedom to develop their talents and reap the fruition of their giftedness and ambition.

Furthermore, a large and concerning proportion of local students still feel lost without a clear goal or meaning in life after 10+ years of education in Asia's top metropolis. We believe this is not simply a matter of inexperience or immaturity but reflects that the curricula in Hong Kong’s primary, secondary and tertiary education promote a culture of regurgitation and an imbalanced emphasis on hard knowledge and exam techniques. We believe that the mode and assessment of learning in many schools should be improved and complemented with promoting the development of soft skills. This equips students with the tools and confidence in using their innate gifts and learning to orient themselves early in life.


OUR VISION

Our philosophy is straightforward - social progress begins with the individual and individual growth begins with education; therefore, to achieve sustainable social growth, equity in education opportunities must be sought for all demographics. We are especially passionate about proliferating proper learning mentality to youth in Hong Kong, where our members have been or are being educated, as we recognize that attitudes and values about learning formed in early life have the potential to last a lifetime. We envision a future in which everyone has an equal opportunity to realize, develop and actualize their potential.


OUR MISSION

EdQuity was founded with empathy on the limitations of and difficulty in achieving institutional change. We understand that any social change must begin and eventually act at the most vital level - the local - in order to manifest. Hence, our mission is to mobilize capable and passionate youths to provide extra support to primary school and secondary students and to take part in dialogue and action on improving education and reducing education inequity starting at the local level. Since 2019, we have already impacted 191 lives.

Through hosting free-of-charge events like one-to-one mentorships, design thinking workshops, interactive forums on career and life planning, and discussion-based learning sessions, we encourage students to not only excel in the curriculum, but also, more importantly, to develop passion in utilizing their experience, talents, and knowledge to help those who are suffering under disparity in access to education. We have become a hub for students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, values, or ages, and yet all possess the same passion to voice out their opinions and take action when appropriate. Ultimately, we have nurtured and will continue to nurture youths capable of original thinking, articulating and expressing their ideas, and contributing to reducing education inequity in Hong Kong.



A WORD FROM THE FOUNDER

I was fortunate enough to take part in the GCI Youth Summit 2018 organized by Global Citizen Initiative, a non-profit social enterprise based in Connecticut, United States. It kicked off with a nine-day residential program hosted at the Harvard University campus, during which the 28 qualified Fellows from 11 different countries research on a social issue drawing on academic discussions and inspirational speakers, with the aim of outlining an approach to tackle it “glocally”: thinking globally but acting locally. After grasping more of the creative thinking and leadership skills taught in the workshops, I came up with the idea of EdQuity.
The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) defines two dimensions of equity in education:
1. Fairness, which means ensuring that personal and social circumstances do not prevent students from achieving their academic potential.
2. Inclusion, which means setting a basic minimum standard for education that is shared by all students regardless of background, personal characteristics, or location.
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

As a transfer student from a public to a Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) secondary school, I have been stirred by the difference in access to opportunities and resources between the two types of schools. This unfair playing field prevented students in public schools from reaching their full potential, hence undermined education equity in Hong Kong. The Mentorship Program of EdQuity aims to provide extra support to those of a greater need, such that more students in Hong Kong can get the support they need to be reach their full potential.

DISCUSSION-BASED LEARNING SESSIONS

Although every child in Hong Kong has the right to education, not all of them enjoy learning as much as students in other countries do. The spoon-feeding and over-drilling culture of the Hong Kong education system kills students' passion for learning- it caused depression in over 50% of all Hong Kong students and led to more than 140 student suicidal cases from 2015 to 2019. On a global scale, many Hong Kong students are not able to experience the joy of acquiring knowledge as much as students in other countries do, which undermines educational equity globally.

I am glad to have experienced the Harkness method during Summit, during which I have learned a lot through the back-and-forth questioning with the other 13 intelligent fellows. I am aspired to bring this intriguing learning method to Hong Kong students, who are used to passively listening to lectures to learn at schools. I believe that they will, too, be astonished by this mode of active learning by exploring social issues that they are genuinely interested in. I hope Hong Kong students will no longer find learning burdensome, but rather, a joyful and meaningful thing to do as they cultivate thirsts for knowledge during discussions with like-minded peers.


OUR COMMITTEE

We continue to recruit capable secondary school and university students from Hong Kong and across the world (the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Armenia, etc.) who are affectionate about proliferating discussion-based learning in Hong Kong and reducing education inequity. Our diverse backgrounds and experience are invaluable assets for expanding and enhancing the magnitude of our impact.

Core Committee

Position

Chief Executive Officer

Name

Vivian Looi

School

Johns Hopkins University

Position

Chief Operations Officer

Name

Benjamin Chan

School

University of Oxford

Position

Chief Project Affairs Officer

Name

Amanda Looi

School

Johns Hopkins University

Position

Chief Project Affairs Officer

Name

Serena Ho

School

Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong

Position

Chief Project Affairs Officer

Name

Louis Xie

School

United World College Dilijan

Position

Chief Public Relations Officer

Name

Agnes Ip

School

The University of Hong Kong

Position

Chief Outreach & Liaison Officer

Name

Carina Yu

School

The University of Hong Kong

Position

Chief Media & Arts Officer

Name

Tiffany Cheung

School

Diocesan Girls' School

Position

Chief Financial Officer

Name

Charlotte Cheung

School

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Project Affairs Department


Name

Charis Ko

School

Diocesan Girls' School

Name

Chloe Lau

School

St. Paul's Secondary School

Name

Coco Lai

School

The University of Hong Kong

Name

Daphne Chan

School

St. Paul’s Co-educational College

Name

Faris Wong

School

Kwun Tong Maryknoll College

Name

Kelvin Chan

School

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Name

Polly Ng

School

SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School

Name

Raphael Arimado Bas

School

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Name

Scotfield Wong

School

South Tuen Mun Government Secondary School


Public Relations Department

Outreach & Liaison Department


Name

Fion Cheung

School

Tung Wah College

Name

Jasmine Wong

School

The University of Hong Kong

Name

Kellen Kwong

School

Lingnan University

Name

Larry Wong

School

City University Hong Kong

Media & Arts Department


Name

Abby Chung

School

The Education University of Hong Kong

Name

Jessica Au Yeung

School

City University of Hong Kong

Name

Manuela Irena D'Orso

School

John Cabot University

Name

Maurice Yim

School

City University Hong Kong