Hong Kong

Health-Promoting Schools
  • Albert Lee


During the early colonial period, from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, education policy was for the Colonial Government to provide assistance to enlighten the upper classes of Chinese rather than to force new ideas on the mass population. It was believed that civilized ideas among the leaders of thought were the best and perhaps the only means at that time for permeating the general population (Sweeting, 1990).

During the postwar period, Hong Kong experienced a massive increase in population and emerged as one of the world's largest financial centers. As the economy grew, the schools focused more on the forms of high-status knowledge (particularly English, Chinese, mathematics, science, and information technology) that were most directly linked to certification and admission to higher education institutions; that is, priority shifted to academic subjects.


Special Administrative Region School Council School Health Program Diploma Program Award Scheme 
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The author had support from Health School coordinators of the Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion and grants from the Quality Education Fund of Hong Kong Government of Special Administrative Region.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert Lee
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  1. 1.Department of Community and Family Medicine, and Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion of School of Public HealthThe Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Shatin, N.T.China

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