Paul Lam: National education should be strengthened 'at different levels'
Today (Dec. 4) is the Constitution Day. The Security Bureau led a flag-raising ceremony for the disciplined forces at the Immigration Service Institute of Training and Development in Tuen Mun, with the Secretary for Justice, Paul Lam Ting-kwok, officiating at the ceremony.
"Young people are the future of Hong Kong and the successors of the 'one country, two systems', so it is important to cultivate their national awareness and identity at an early age, to strengthen education on national history, culture and conditions at different levels, and to continue to promote the learning of the Constitution, the Basic Law and national security, to pass on and carry forward the spirit of patriotism," said Lam.
Lam noted that consolidating the foundation of national security, promoting education on patriotism, and enhancing training on the Constitution and the Basic Law are also key points in this year's Policy Address.
The Constitution and Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee, headed by the Chief Secretary for Administration, will expand its functions to cover patriotism education and co-ordinate the efforts of government departments and non-government organizations (NGOs) in promoting patriotism education.
He also mentioned that Hong Kong has always been a region with a high degree of the rule of law. "The rule of law is Hong Kong's advantage, which supports the continued development of this city."
The Government is building a comprehensive education system on the rule of law in Hong Kong at various levels, so that the public, especially young people, can grasp the correct message of the rule of law and develop a conscious respect for the rule of law in their daily lives, according to Lam.