Students Bone Up on Belt and Road
A contest broadcast on prime-time TV gives youth a chance to learn about the ample opportunities this giant development project offers.
05 December 2018
Students from Queen’s College teamed up with Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Chairman Vincent HS Lo and actress Toby Chan in the debut episode of the “Belt and Road Challenge” broadcast on TVB Jade on Saturday (1 Dec 2018) evening.
They faced off against Frederick Ma, Deputy Chairman of the HKTDC Belt and Road Committee, who teamed up with Kwun Tong Maryknoll College students and actress Veronica Shiu.
The two teams fielded questions on countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, the massive development project launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping five years ago. The contest, in which 18 student teams join business leaders and celebrities to show their knowledge of Belt and Road countries, will continue to be broadcast over the next nine Saturdays, until 2 Feb 2018. Each episode is screened on TVB Jade at 7.30pm.
The HKTDC is organising the “Belt and Road Challenge” which is produced and broadcast by Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) and supported by the Education Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG), and co-sponsored by MTR Corporation Limited.
In the preliminary round, 6,500 students from 88 secondary schools took place in the form of online quizzes run from 24 to 30 Sept. The 18 winning teams from the first round are taking part in the on-screen competition. In each episode, two students from the same school team up with two guest stars. Rival teams face off to win rich travel vouchers by fielding questions on Belt and Road countries.
Introducing the event, Mr Lo said: “The Belt and Road Initiative provides the younger generation with diverse development opportunities. The HKTDC is organising the ‘Belt and Road Challenge’ to encourage young people to expand their horizons and explore the cultural and economic landscape of different Belt and Road regions, hopefully inspiring them to work or start their businesses in these countries. They can travel, study and make new friends along the Belt and Road.”
HKTDC Belt and Road Committee Deputy Chairman Fredrick Ma said: “The ‘Belt and Road Challenge’ aims to help young people gain a better understanding of the development potential of different Belt and Road countries in a fun and engaging format, and to help them prepare themselves to seize the immense opportunities brought by globalisation.”
The advisory panel of the “Belt and Road Challenge” comprises Thomas Chan, Director of the One Belt One Road Research Institute of the Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Raymond Ho, Chairman of Dashun Foundation and Founding Chairman of the Belt and Road Global Development Alliance, and Nicholas Kwan, Director of Research of the HKTDC.
The students and their high-profile teammates are quizzed on general topics about Belt and Road countries – such as their geography, history, business and economic development, as well as culture, including music, arts, customs and traditions.
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