Asia Pacific Education Review

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 56–65 | Cite as

Meeting the challenge of human rights education: the case of Hong Kong

  • Shui Che FokEmail author
Regional and Comparative Studies


Since 1 July l997 Hong Kong has become a Special Administrative Region under the Peoples Republic of China. There is a difference in the interpretation of human rights between East and West. Even before the change of sovereignty human rights education was not an important element in the Hong Kong school curricula. The hidden curriculum is not supportive of human rights education either. During the United Nation Decade for Human Rights Education (1995–2005), Hong Kong people are torn between the dichotomy of liberalism-communitarianism over human rights. This paper examines the attitude about human rights of the Hong Kong Chinese people and the issues of human rights in Hong Kong schools, thereby throwing light on the prospect of human rights education in its relationship to education reform taking place in Hong Kong. The conclusion is that Hong Kongs education reform proposals already embody the spirit of human rights and they have laid the foundation for the development of human rights education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Hong Kong Institute of EducationNew Territories

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