Engaging with the community through Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects
Professor Cheung Siu-yin and Dr Kwok Hei-man (Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health) worked with the Elderly Service Division of The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council to carry out a project that introduced a modified version of Taekwondo to older adults and their caregivers in Hong Kong. The project developed a new modified form of the martial art, and it also aims to study the impact of Taekwondo and modified Taekwondo on life satisfaction, cognitive functioning and functional fitness of older adults. The results of the study will help service providers assess the possibility of implementing Taekwondo training and modified training for older adults.
Dr George Mak (Department of Religion and Philosophy) promoted the history of the Chinese Bible to the public through the development of a docent training programme for the Hong Kong Bible Society's exhibition "Encountering the Word of God". The training programme nurtured a group of docents, or exhibition guides, with the knowledge of the exhibition's subject matter – which was informed by Dr Mak's research work, as well as an awareness of the importance of preserving historical artefacts – and it helped them explain the content to the public.
Dr Kwok Wai-luen (Department of Religion and Philosophy) worked in partnership with the CEDAR Fund, an independent Christian relief and development organisation, to develop a peacebuilding programme for teachers, social workers, and religious workers that aims to alleviate the social issues and divisions that have arisen from political divergences since the social unrest in June 2019. The programme offers emotional care, post-traumatic self-help, and spiritual guidance, and it will also develop workshops and a programme manual for teachers, social workers and religious workers with their input from the action research.