During the past two decades, the China Candlelight Education Fund had established a successful platform for propagating the Candlelight Spirit, to bring hope and warmth to the under-privileged children in the remote mountainous regions of mainland China. It also served as a bridge for donors, educators, and volunteer workers in Hong Kong and mainland China to work together to rebuild dilapidated schools, give bursary grants, provide teacher training and organize cultural exchanges. During these twenty years, the Fund had made considerable achievements.
A total of 556 building projects were completed in 19 provinces and cities: Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan, Chongqing, Henan, Anhui, Jiangxi, Shandong, Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Qinghai, and Xinjiang, involving a total donation of RMB156 million. Building projects included teaching blocks, multi-purpose building complex, dormitories, canteens, and the installation of teaching facilities. A few health training centres were also built to improve training facilities in some remote village health centres in the less developed regions.(details)
Bursary grants were given to over 14,000 needy students in primary, secondary, university and special schools in mainland China, involving a total donation of RMB15.2 million. In recent years, special grants were also given to local students in Institute of Vocational Education for overseas training or attachment programmes.(details)
Teacher Training and Outstanding Achievement Award
English Training Courses were held every year for village English teachers. Since 2012, 28 seminars for school principals, 12 Form-master workshops were held. Seminars on Information technology, art and physical education were also organized to encourage teachers to upgrade their professional skills. A total of 12,443 teachers were trained at a cost of RMB5.17million. In addition, Awards for Outstanding Achievements were also given to 600 teachers and school principals in rural areas involving RMB0.96 million. (details)
Cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and Mainland students and educators were organized every year to broaden their outlook. There were also leadership training programmes for local students. They were also sponsored to participate in National or Hong Kong academic competitions. The total number of participants reached 1.18 million coming from hundreds of schools in Hong Kong. The expenses involved amounted to more than HK$6.16 million.(details)