Zonta Club of Kowloon creates education packages to help children transition into online learning

Due to COVID-19, many families in Hong Kong were notably struggling with balancing both working from home and taking care of their children’s online schooling. To help, the Zonta Club of Kowloon worked with Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy Foundation Limited to produce Music Connects education packages. 

The project was launched in May 2020 and received overwhelming response within a short period of time. The packages included booklets, promotional material, e-learning devices and internet access. Since music tends to be a soothing pressure relief tool, Hotline and WhatsApp was set up to answer enquiries of school kids. More than 8,000 children from more than 70 schools and organizations joined the project. 14 e-learning devices were lent out and two sponsorships were granted for internet connectivity. The Music Connects videos on YouTube hit more than 324,000 views in total, with 700 photo and video submissions. 

Through these activities, children were encouraged to re-explore their new daily routines in the face of a pandemic. The artistic activities became the new spectacles through which children could discover inspiring, artistic and positive perspectives amid adversity and overwhelming changes. This project empowered the children and their families to develop resilience and humanistic values, such as empathy, altruism and civic responsibility, during the current global adversity.