| Nowadays, extra-curricular activity plays an important role in Hong Kong children’s lives. Under the NSS Curriculum , OLE is one of the three components that complement the core and elective subjects. Schools will offer students a range of OLE opportunities to encourage students to participate in the five areas of OLE, namely Moral and Civic Education, Community Service, Career-related Experiences, Aesthetic Development and Physical Development.
Moreover, many famous schools consider extra-curricular activities as one of the entering requirements .
On the other hand, many parents keen on engaging their children into a variety of extra-curricular activities, for examples, sports, arts, languages, tutorial classes, according to their wills. In order to engage their children in many extra-curricular activities, some parents even choose to spend less in daily life and save money but not cutting the number of activities for children .
Some believe that extra-curricular activities can affect children positively like boosting children’s creativity, improving self-esteem, promoting a sense of team spirit and belonging, etc. while some think that extra-curricular activities have negative impacts on children like suffering from poor grades, stress, emotional turmoil and health problems, etc.
In the findings, it is reflected that engaging children into extra-curricular activities is a trend of Hong Kong parents although there is bias on whether those activities are good or bad for children.
My study is closely related to this phenomenon and aims to find out the reason and impacts that it has.
| St. rose of Lima's College: Roxie Lam