More than 70 Deloitte China staff, Lingnan students and alumni who have participated in the “Village Adoption Project in Yunnan”, attended the closing seminar at the Youth Square in Chai Wan on 9 August to share their experience and project results. The project was co-organised by the Office of Service-Learning of Lingnan and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
Launched in 2007, the “Village Adoption Project in Yunnan, China” was the first service-learning project for the mountainous areas in China co-organised by a tertiary institute and a business enterprise in Hong Kong. Over the past seven years, more than 300 staff members from Deloitte China offices, students of Lingnan and Yunnan University and individual voluntary workers had paid regular visits to the villages of Zhanggela and Wanyaoshu in the remote corners of Yunnan. They conducted field trips, household visits and questionnaire surveys and held discussions with the village chiefs and government officials, in order to understand the actual needs of the villagers and come up with development plans through mutual agreement. On the premise of preserving the unique ethnic cultures of the villages, enhancements were made in education, healthcare, economic development and infrastructure.
Dr Joseph Lee, Chairman of the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education, Mr Karon Wan, Managing Partner (Public Sector) of Deloitte China and Prof Stephen Chan, Associate Vice-President (Academic Affairs) and Registrar of Lingnan University were invited to attend as the officiating guests. President Leonard K Cheng of Lingnan also attended the dinner following the seminar. He thanked Deloitte China’s support to the service-learning project over the past years, and applauded Lingnan students’ active participation, which was a great testimony to the University’s motto “Education for Service”.
For details of the Village Adoption Project in Yunnan, China, please visit: http://www.ln.edu.hk/osl/YunnanClosingBooklet-print.pdf (Chinese only)