The HKFYG Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest – About Us


About Us


History
English is an international language, and fluency in it is one of the keys to success in the world today. Young people who strive to compete and excel in the global arena must learn how to communicate in English with confidence. As their fluency improves, opportunities will also widen. With an aim to foster self confidence in English public speaking among the young people of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) is organising "The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest". The two objectives of the contest are to enhance the public speaking skills of the new generation, and to foster and build the self-confidence of participating individuals. Since its launch in 2004, the Contest has been widely supported by over 400 secondary schools in Hong Kong and the accumulated number of participants has reached 25,894. In 2018, the Contest received 1,778 applications from 155 local secondary schools.


Organisers & Sole Sponsor
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The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups

The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) was founded in 1960 and is now the city’s largest youth service organisation. For the last 56 years, it has been committed to serving the youth of Hong Kong through the provision of a variety of services, activities and programmes, which have an annual attendance of over five million. We encourage youth to reach their fullest potential and with community support, we now have over 70 service units. We also have 12 core services, which include the Youth S.P.O.Ts, M21 Multimedia Services, Employment Services, Youth at Risk Services, Counselling Services, Parenting Services, Leadership Training, Volunteer Services, Education Services, Creativity Education and Youth Exchange, Leisure, Cultural and Sports Services, and Research and Publications. We encourage young people to grow into responsible and dutiful citizens and we now have over 200,000 registered volunteers and 460,000 registered members. We believe that our motto HKFYG • Here for You reaffirms our commitment and dedication to the young people of Hong Kong.

The HKFYG Leadership 21

For the past 17 years, Leadership 21 has been providing comprehensive leadership training for young people aged from 15 to 34, in order to ensure there is a pool of high-quality leaders for the development of Hong Kong for the 21st Century. Nearly 1.3 million training hours for nearly 150,000 local secondary school and university student leaders have been provided. Building on its solid foundation of leadership training, the Federation will revitalise the former Fanling Magistracy into the HKFYG Leadership Institute and establish a new leadership framework consisted of four foundation stones, namely Qualities of Leadership, Competencies for Leadership, Vision to Lead, and Contribution to the Community. By providing professional and multi-disciplinary leadership training, the Institute devotes to nurturing high-caliber young leaders in public, private and social sectors, as well as building an inclusive and cohesive community with leaders committed to social responsibility and ethical behavior.

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Standard Chartered

We are a leading international banking group, with around 80,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. We bank the people and companies driving investment, trade and the creation of wealth across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.

Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

The history of Standard Chartered in Hong Kong dates back to 1859. It is currently one of the Hong Kong SAR’s three note-issuing banks. Standard Chartered incorporated its Hong Kong business on 1 July 2004, and now operates as a licensed bank in Hong Kong under the name of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered PLC.

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The English-Speaking Union (Hong Kong)

The English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth in Hong Kong is a member of an international organisation that is active in fifty-five countries. Our partner in the United States oversees ESU organisations in every one of the fifty States (sometimes more than one "ESU" in a particular state, e.g., California). In Hong Kong, we offer both members and non-members opportunities to USE English in a variety of contexts. These opportunities include participation in public-speaking workshops, seminars that focus on presentation and communication skills, English play-readings and conversation groups entitled "English in Action."

A Distinguished Speaker series features speakers of international standing who address topics of current international concern. These speakers have included our patron, Dr Anson Chan, GBM, GCMG, JP; the British Consul-General in Hong Kong; the Lord Watson of Richmond, CBE; Mr Dick Lee, former Commissioner of Police in Hong Kong, and Mr Robert Lloyd George, the great-grandson of a famous British Prime Minister.

Each year, the ESU in London offers two scholarships to Hong Kong. One of these scholarships is ear-marked by the ESU (HK) for the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association. The other scholarship is offered to the winner of the Standard Chartered English Public Speaking Competition, organised annually by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and the English-Speaking Union (HK).

The ESU in Hong Kong is proud to be associated with the English Speaking Contest which offers participants excellent opportunities to polish their skills and to gain experience that will stand them in good stead in the future.

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