Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Rights education faces challenges
Half of the respondents would give up human rights and rule of law for social stabilityThe program for students to understand the June 4 Incident.
- ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong
- June 9, 2011
The Hong Kong Institute of Education released its survey on high school teachers‚Äô teaching on rule of law and human rights between May and October 2010.
Head researcher Dr. Leung Yan-wing said the result shows teachers have a positive attitude towards human rights and the rule of law. However, they have little understanding or distorted concepts to these core values.
According to the report, half of the respondents are willing to give up human rights and rule of law for social stability and harmony. It is believed to be related to the government‚Äôs negligence and the scarcity of resources provided for rights education.
‚ÄúThe result makes us worry if the teachers have sufficient knowledge to teach these topics,‚ÄĚ said Leung, a Protestant.
Meanwhile, Catholic workers also noted that self-censorship exists in some schools.
Or Yan-yan, a member of the Catholic Organizations in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, said their group feels there is censorship in some schools, which makes it difficult for students to understand the truth of the June 4 Incident, often referred to as the Tiananmen Square demonstrations.
Some principals asked them¬† to encourage students to be less critical, said Or, who is also a project officer of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission.
‚ÄúThey think it is problematic whenever we raise criticism,‚ÄĚ she noted.
Many schools emphasized positive developments of China in class while the cause and history of the June 4 Incident is seldom mentioned, if not omitted, she noted.
In view of this, the Catholic group runs seminars to help young people understand the June 4 events at around that time each year.
The organization gives the students information about the incident, including backgrounder, a time-line and who‚Äôs-who, and screens a film for discussion.
Michelle Siu, a Catholic liberal studies teacher, said students are like blotting paper. ‚ÄúThey absorb whatever comes to them and this is very dangerous.‚ÄĚ
Young people ‚Äúcannot be lazy‚ÄĚ when reading news and information. They need to have critical thinking to find out the truth, she noted.
The survey sent out 2,300 questionnaires to 460 schools with liberal studies classes and received 791 completed questionnaires from 255 schools.
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