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The Education Bureau (EDB) and schools organised a variety of student activities today in support of National Security Education Day.   Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung and Under Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin attended the morning assemblies of SKH St James' Primary School and King's College to view the raising of the national flag and sing the national anthem with students.   Mr Yeung noted that today is the country's sixth National Security Education Day and the first of its kind in Hong Kong since the implementation of the National Security Law, making it particularly meaningful.   “As a place for education, schools should enable students to understand that while having staunch support from the country, we, as nationals, also have the responsibility to safeguard national security with a view to contributing to the prosperity, stability and continuous development of the country and Hong Kong society.”   He added that building on the foundation of national education, Constitution and Basic Law education, the bureau will continue to adopt a multipronged and co-ordinated approach in supporting schools in the implementation of national security education.   This would include issuing curriculum documents to explain the important concepts of national security and how the curriculum contents of different subjects can be connected and integrated naturally as well as providing teaching exemplars, learning and teaching resources, and suggested activities to help schools promote national security education within and outside the classroom.   “The EDB will also continue to provide relevant training for teachers and render professional support and advice to schools on all fronts, such as school visits and forming teachers' learning circles,” Mr Yeung said.   According to the circular memorandum issued by the bureau, schools - in addition to explaining to students the meaning of National Security Education Day during morning assemblies or class teacher sessions - may also introduce different aspects of national security, such as territorial, economic, ecological, cyber and cultural security through related subjects.   Schools may also organise inter-class or inter-form activities with the theme of national security, such as national affairs knowledge quiz, bulletin board design, poster design and slogan design competitions, encouraging students to gather information and conduct project work to foster self-directed learning.   To strengthen primary and secondary students' understanding of national security, the bureau's Curriculum Development Institute is organising the 2021 National Security Education Day Online Quiz Competition and School Bulletin Board Design Competition on National Security.   The 2021 National Security Education Day Online Quiz Competition is being held from April 12 to 19, with 454 primary and secondary schools participating.   The list of awardees will be announced on the first anniversary of the implementation of the National Security Law on June 30.   For the School Bulletin Board Design Competition on National Security, a total of 248 teams from 114 primary and secondary schools have submitted either photos or design layouts.   The bureau announced the list of 10 finalist teams today. They will have one month to complete decorating their classroom bulletin boards and members of the judging panel will visit these schools to conduct assessments. The results will also be announced on June 30.   Meanwhile, a number of schools took part in the Together We Safeguard Our Nation & Homeland - Community Mosaic Wall activity today.   Students placed stickers printed with photos of smiling faces on a display board in their school campus to make up a thematic image of the activity to disseminate the messages of safeguarding national security and building a safer and better home together.
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