Hong Kong schools hold flag-raising ceremony to mark National Day

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HONG KONG, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Schools in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Thursday held flag-raising ceremonies to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

More than 100 people, including representatives from school sponsoring bodies, school councils and teachers' groups in Hong Kong, as well as students and parents, attended a flag-raising ceremony held in Pui Kiu Primary School on Thursday morning.

Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR Tan Tieniu and Secretary for Education of the HKSAR government Kevin Yeung officiated at the ceremony.

Yeung said at the ceremony that flying China's national flag and the HKSAR flag, and singing the national anthem on National Day can effectively help students establish national identity and enhance their sense of belonging to the country. In the coming year, the Education Bureau of the HKSAR government will make changes to the curriculum to include the concept of national security.

Heung To Secondary School (Tseung Kwan O) also held a flag-raising ceremony in the campus on Thursday, with about 160 teachers, students, alumni and parents from the school participated in it.

Speaking on behalf of students from Heung To, leader of the school's National Flag team Lui Ho Shun said that joining the National Flag team has enabled her to have a better understanding of the origin and meaning of the national flag and national anthem.

Tertiary institutions including the Open University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University also held flag-raising ceremonies to celebrate the National Day. Enditem

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