2021 to 2030 is the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, also known as the “Ocean Decade”, the UNESCO Hong Kong Association launched the Children Oceanic Pottery project in Hong Kong, which is an accredited project of the United Nations Ocean Decade and an accredited event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, co-hosted by the Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development education and the Hong Kong Children’s Arts and Culture Exchanges Association. The Projects include ocean science workshops for children, pottery crafting, exhibitions, auctions and an award ceremony.
The exhibition and online auction took place on 8-12 June 2022 in the INNO Zone on the 1st floor of Central Market Hong Kong. In response to international and local actions, the project aims to promote marine conservation, teach marine conservation knowledge to children through experiential education, and encourages children to use their imagination and creativity to make ocean-themed pottery. The event was so popular that more than 500 children signed up to participate, and more than 358 pottery works were all exhibited at Central Market Hong Kong. In addition to the 358 potteries, Topkids International Kindergarten engaged 150 children to worked together to produce a huge collective oceanic pottery – “Protect the Nature, Save the Future”. Potteries were auctioned online, bidding were very active and there was even one pottery that got bid for more than 19 times, making it the highest bidding price of 1680 Hong Kong Dollar! The winning bidder of the huge collective oceanic pottery is Mr. David Ho, BBS, JP, for a price of 50,000 Hong Kong Dollar. All funds raised from the event will be used to produce a project booklet, which will be printed and distributed to more people to continue to promote marine conservation.
On June 12, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the award ceremony kicked off with a video of message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres on World Oceans Day 2022. The ceremony invited Professor Karen Cheung, Secretary General and Executive President of the UNESCO Hong Kong Association and President of the Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development. Mr. Eddie NG Hak-kim, GBS, JP, the Former Secretary for Education, HKSAR, and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Children’s Art and Cultural Exchange Association, to deliver opening speeches on behalf of the organisers; Mr. Chu Kwok-keung, a member of Legislative Council of Hong Kong, delivered a speech as the guest of honour. A huge dolphin pottery was created for the ceremony, apart from the three guests mentioned above, Prof. Enoch YOUNG, BBS and Dr. Jason Chan, MH, JP, both who are the Vice President of the UNESCO HK Association, and Mr. Suen Ming-yeung, the Vice President of the Hong Kong Children’s Art and Cultural Exchange Association were invited to put the final touch on the dolphin.
Subsequently, Ms. WONG Sheung-ping, Principal of Topkids International Kindergarten, who has led 150 children from the schools to produce the huge collective oceanic pottery, and Mr. David Ho, BBS, JP, executive chairman of DH Group, representatives from Supporting Organisations – The Hong Kong Branch of the Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Guangzhou) of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Representative of the Strategic Partner Central Market of Chinachem Group were presented thank-you trophies, and certificates of appreciation were also issued to the top 10 bidders, children, parents and the volunteer team.
Event website: https://unesco.hk/web/children-oceanic-pottery/