What We Do

Our Activities

Esperanza is a collaborative platform for everyone. Working with businesses, non-profits, universities, philanthropists, public and quasi-public organisations, we seek to:

  • Inspire the community to see possibilities with new and global perspectives
  • Invite solutions locally and globally to anticipate and tackle challenges in education & learning, health & wellbeing and the future of work, etc.
  • Work with progressive organisations to build the capacity of Hong Kong to innovate for good
  • Build communities of kindred spirits to create meaningful and sustainable change from the ground up through cross border, cross sector, multi-disciplinary and inter-generational collaborations

Reimagine Education

Many aspects of our current education are modelled on principles of mass production in the 19th century. This system was built with efficiency as the key consideration and on the idea that all children are the same.

Our society is fast changing. Schools are unable to produce the talents we need in the 21st century. The fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing exponential changes to the way we live, learn and work. To thrive in a digital world, it has become ever more important for our education to nurture skills that cannot be easily replicated and replaced by technology.

Many babies born today are expected to live for at least 100 years. The education we received in our teens is unlikely to see us through our career, especially as new technologies and jobs emerge. If we can live up to 100 years old, people are likely to try different careers, take breaks and re-train themselves from time to time. Life long learning will be a much more important concept than education.

We need to rethink:

• What is the meaning of education?
• What kind of skills do we need for 21st economy and society?
• How might we motivate, inspire and empower learning?
• How might we unleash the potential of people – as individuals with different interests, strengths and learning needs?

In the next 12 months, we will embark on a journey to reimagine education. We will identify, collaborate with and support people and organisations that can help answer some of these questions. Here is a tentative calendar of events:

Key dates Activities
12 / 2019 Early Childhood & Parent Education
02 / 2020 Investing in Education Business
04 / 2002 "STEM Education
06 / 2020 Workforce Upskilling
09 / 2020 Special Education Needs
10 / 2020 Language Learning
11 / 2020 Global Ed Tech Startups Summit
12 / 2020 Life Skills Development
Past Activities

Reimagine Education together!

We are looking for dreamers, doers, backers and supporters to reimagine education together. If you would like to get involved, sign up the Esperanza Community to tell us your interests and how you would like to get involved.

John Tsang presented the awards to the 4 winning teams of the Reimagine Education Challenge. John and Charleston Sin, Executive Director of MIT HK Innovation Node talked about the trends in innovation education. Esperanza also kicked off the “Reimagine Education” community building activities with 4 group discussions at the Roundup.

Reimagine Education Challenge

重塑教育挑戰最後4強已𧩙生。恭喜以下隊伍!Congrats to the Top 4 of the Reimagine Education Challenge: 最佳表現 Best Performing Teams - Tecky Academy [tecky.io] (初創企業 Startup) - Design For Hong Kong [designforhk.com] (社企/非牟利 SE/NGO) 優秀表現 First Runner-Ups - MagiCube [magicubedu.com] (初創企業 Startup) - Boundless [boundlesshk.org] (社企/非牟利 SE/NGO)若您有興趣了解他們的工作,請密切留意稍後公布的重塑教育回合總結活動 (10月3日)。If you are interested in learning more about their work, stay tuned for the Challenge Roundup on 3 October. 現時就讓我們一起重温整個重塑教育挑戰的精華片段。Now let's review the highlights of the Challenge.#薯片叔叔共創社#重塑教育#Esperanza#ReimagineEducation

Posted by Esperanza 薯片叔叔共創社 on Friday, 30 August 2019

The Reimagine Education Challenge, organized by Esperanza,

was concluded on 28 August 2019 with the selection of the top four:

Best Performing Teams: Tecky Academy (startup) and Design for Hong Kong (social enterprise)

First Runner-Ups: MagiCube (startup) and Boundless (NGO)

Watch the video and learn more.

At the Cross-Sector Forum on 11 May, Mr John C Tsang unveiled the agenda of the Reimagine Education initiative based on views collected from a survey in the last few months. Quoting the words of Paulo Freie, a Brazilian educator, Mr Tsang said “education should help individuals and society to move towards new possibilities of a fuller and richer life”. Read more for a synopsis of the forum.

Questionnaire – Reimagine Education

“Why do we have to go to school if knowledge is just a click away? WHAT skills should our next generations learn to prepare themselves for the future?”

Share your views by completing this short survey by 15 April 2019.

Esperanza is gathering community inputs to these two fundamental questions to guide our work under the “Reimagining Education” initiative.

At our first community meet-up on 31 Jan, participants rated “attaining a good life”, “developing one’s potential” and “imparting
values” as the top three purposes of education. They also indicated that Hong Kong has to step up efforts in developing some of the essential skills.

We are continuing the process of crowdsourcing inputs to the WHY and WHAT of education in the 21stcentury. We look forward to hearing from you.

Teach For Hong Kong

Esperanza supports the Teach For Hong Kong movement.  TFHK is a growing movement of young leaders that drive systemic change in education with cross-sector collaboration. Through their one-year Fellowship Program, TFHK recruits and empowers the most promising and passionate young leaders to serve in underprivileged schools as full-time teachers. The Fellowship Program 2019-20 is now open for application. For more information, please visit here.

Esperanza Meet-up - What is the meaning of Education?

We had Esperanza’s first community meet-up on 31 January and it ended successfully. The discussion was fruitful and good. It might not be possible to reach a consensus but it was necessary to have different voices as we strive to come up with new solutions.

For more details, please click HERE.

Stakeholders Engagement Salons

Esperanza has been sharing thoughts and plans with different stakeholder groups and listening to their opinions since Sep 2018.

Teach For Hong Kong Education Symposium 2018

Esperanza was a Community Partner of the Teach For Hong King Education Symposium 2018, which was held on 13 Oct 2018