UNITED NATIONS OCEAN DECADE CHILDREN OCEANIC POTTERY PROJECT
2021 to 2030 is the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, or the Ocean Decade. The ocean decade has the vision “The science we need for the ocean we want” and the mission “Transformative Ocean science solutions for sustainable development, connecting people and our ocean.”
This project has applied to be Accredited by the “United Nations Ocean Decade” and is an Accredited Events for the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR.
In response to the United Nations Ocean Decade (2021-2030), as well as celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, UNESCO Hong Kong Association, Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development and the Hong Kong Children’s Arts and Cultural Exchange Association (HKCACEA) co-organised this project to bring ocean knowledge and understanding of the marine system, marine species, marine biodiversity to Hong Kong’s young generation through a creative and engaging process. The project also raises awareness for ocean conservation in Hong Kong through fundraising, using pottery creation from participating kindergarten students.
1. Ocean Science Workshop
Date: May 21st 2022
The ocean science workshop aims to teach the participating children fundamental knowledge about the ocean system, including several well-known but endangered marine species in Hong Kong: Sea turtles, seahorses, Chinese white dolphins, and coral reefs. For each of the species, we introduced their characteristics, a few fun facts, the threats they are facing and individual actions that could be taken to save them from danger.
For example, we highlighted that many marine species are accidentally trapped by dumped fishing nets, or harmed by plastic pollution in the ocean. By showing the participating children cartoon and videos, we hope that the participants will be more aware of the impact of their daily activities on marine life and therefore take urgent actions to change their behaviours and protect our ocean. The workshop also aims to inspire the children with ideas for the creation of the potteries.
2. Oceanic Theme Pottery Creation
With tutorial videos provided by HKCACEA, the participating children crafted their oceanic pottery, showing us the ocean they want and the ocean they love.
3. Exhibition and online auction of Potteries
Date: 8 June 2022 to 12 June 2022
Venue: Central Market Hong Kong, 1/F VR Zone
The 5 days exhibition will kick-off on 8 June – The World Ocean Day to raise awareness for ocean conservation in Hong Kong.
The theme for 2022 World Ocean Day is : One Ocean, One Climate, One Future – Together.
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.
Exhibition Date: June 8th -June 12th
Ceremony：June 12th 2:30pm – 4:20pm
Location: Central Market Hong Kong, 1/F VR Zone
Date: 12 June 2022 2:30pm-4:30pm HKT
Venue: Central Market Hong Kong, 1/F VR Zone
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.
Top 10 Winning Bidder and Creator
- no. 104 – The Harmony Seaworld
This is my beautiful seaworld. There are many sea creatures, a jolly jellyfish, a scary stingray, an adorable dolphin, a dancing starfish, two shiny shells, two colourful coral reefs, two eyeless octopuses and last but not least my favourite timid turtle! They are all living happily together.
Winning bidder: Alex
- no. 237 – Sea Opera
Winning bidder: LEE KA HIN
- no. 018 – 我愛海洋
Winning bidder: Edith Lo
- no. 081 – Save the Whales, Save the Earth
HENSON TSUI 宏信書院
Whales play an important role against climate change and balance the marine environment. They help to capture CO2 from the atmosphere and their bodies to provides rich nutrition under the sea after death.
Winning bidder: 嚴鉅基
- no. 004 – 保護這般美麗的香港海洋生物！
Winning bidder: Ng chi chin zoe
- no. 075 – 我的奇趣繽紛海底樂園
Winning Bidder: Sonia
- no. 008 – 繽紛海洋世界
Winning Bidder: Amy
- no. 012 – 令人難忘的海洋世界
Winning Bidder: Bonnie Li
- no. 140 – Keep the ocean clean, everybody wins!
王心榆 THE ISF ACADEMY弘立書院
Human beings are dumping rubbish into the ocean making it very dirty. A lot of sea creatures are dying or getting sick. They have to move to somewhere clean in the ocean to stay healthy and happy. This seahorse is leaving her home to another place. She is running away from the dirty water. On her way to look for clean water, the seahorse met a sea shell with a pearl inside. The sea shell is also looking for clean water. Both of them want the human beings to stop polluting the ocean so they can live happily.
Winning Bidder: Daniel Wong
- no. 053 – 海龜的理想海洋世界
Winning Bidder: Li siu leung
UNESCO Hong Kong Association (UNESCO HKA)
Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development (HiESD)
The Hong Kong Children’s Arts and Cultural Exchange Association (HKCACEA)
Hong Kong Branch of Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Guangzhou) of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong Academy of Marine Science and Engineering of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Central Market Hong Kong