- The HKAGE aims to become a regional hub of its kind with an effective framework for strategic planning and delivery of appropriate programmes to encourage and nurture gifted students, and to provide support to their teachers and parents as well as other researchers and related organisations within the Hong Kong SAR.
Specifically, our mission is to secure appropriate learning and development opportunities for gifted students, aged 10 to 18 years, to enable them to realise their potential in a wide range of learning domains including academic and non-academic areas including leadership, creativity and interpersonal skills, and to cater for their social and emotional needs as well as their sense of commitment to the local community;
In addition, we also have to
- mobilise and steer the interest and effort of parents, teachers, academics and business and community leaders with a view to creating a conducive and enriching learning environment for all gifted students;
- facilitate the professional development of teachers in the identification and support of gifted students within the school context;
- develop, through partnership with like-minded organisations, both locally and in other countries, a knowledge hub for furthering research on gifted education and the exchange of ideas and best practice.
- In his Policy Address delivered in October 2006, the Chief Executive announced the establishment of an academy for gifted education (The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, “the HKAGE”) to provide more structured, articulated and challenging off-site programmes for students with exceptional talents, and to promote the concepts and practices of gifted education to support teachers and parents. The Legislative Council Panel on Education discussed in November 2006 the Administration’s proposal to provide financial support for the setting up of the Academy.
- The HKAGE informally started its planning and preparatory work in early 2008 when the Executive Director took up his post. Delivery of its services started in September 2008 with the migration of responsibility for student programmes and parent support from the EDB to the HKAGE and the beginning of the Academy’s own programmes.
- The HKAGE is structured to provide information, support and advice to three main stakeholder groups in Hong Kong: students, teachers and parents. Since early 2012, research has been added to the portfolio of support.
POSITIONING OF THE ACADEMY
- The HKAGE operates independently of Government bureaux to provide for flexibility of management and operations.
PROVISION AND SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS
- Our target population is Hong Kong’s gifted students, defined as those who consistently perform in the top of their age-related ability range, in one or more domains. Our aim is to secure appropriate learning and development opportunities for gifted students, initially aged 10 to 18 years, to enable them to realise their potential in a wide range of learning domains including academic and non-academic areas including leadership, creativity and interpersonal skills, and to cater for their social and emotional needs as well as their sense of commitment to the local community.
- We offer high quality and challenging programmes by collaborating with both local and overseas universities, non-government organisations and professional individuals and teachers. Learning at the Academy takes various forms: courses, talks, workshops, online learning, study tours and competitions etc. They are available at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels to facilitate progressive learning. All the courses will be available off site, though school venues will not be uncommon.
PROVISION AND SUPPORT FOR PARENTS
- Parents’ and schools’ need for support is also recognised. We now provide a Consultation and Assessment Centre for parents and teachers within the Academy structure. This Centre provides territory-wide hotline and email support and assessment services for those students with special needs.
- Parental education is provided in a range of subjects including the identification and nurturing of gifted children. Workshops, seminars and support groups are held on a regular basis as part of our Parent Education Programme (PEP). It is expected that around 5000 parents can be served each year.
PROVISION AND SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS/SCHOOLS
- A number of thematic seminars and workshops are conducted to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to meet the learning needs of gifted students.
- Outreach services for professional practitioners of schools or school sponsoring bodies are provided upon request.
- Since 2012 the Academy has begun to conduct research and development conducive to a sustainable growth and advancement of knowledge in gifted education in Hong Kong. To support and keep track of the development of our gifted students, we aim to set up a network of mentors comprising different expertise in Hong Kong. We will continue to conduct research to provide evidence-based advices on services for the gifted, effective programme delivery and monitoring, and pedagogy.