Education based on Confucius philosophy

My personal leadership opportunity is to promote Confucius learning/education amongst young kids and teenagers in Kong Kong.

I think it matters (because according to Chinese saying) to build a harmonious society, Confucius believes in upholding humaneness (Rén), righteousness (Yì), reason (Lǐ), wisdom (Zhì), integrity (Xìn), respect (Xiào), bravery (Yǒng) and loyalty (Zhōng). These are all important moral values which everyone should learn from early childhood.

Plus I sit on the board of Confucius Hall of Hong Kong Limited (CHHK), a NGO in Hong Kong with over 80 years of history whose mandate is to promote Confucian learning across all walks of lives in Hong Kong.

Along with CHHK, we are rolling out a new K-12 (kindergarten to Year 12) school in Causeway Bay Hong Kong.

Interestingly, Confucian has a strong connection with sustainability!

The Confucian view of sustainability can be seen from three parts: (1) Humans should follow the murmuring of their ‘heart/mind’ and seek to restrict the use of natural resources as much as possible to ‘let every being manifest its mandate to the full’; (2) Harmony with nature is a premise for sustaining humanity; and (3) Finally, taking care of the fundamental needs of the people is a premise for ecological sustainability (Jan Erik Christensen, 2017).

This personal leadership opportunity is ambitious because Confucianism was developed in China over 2,500 years ago thus the younger generation may perceive Confucius beliefs and theories as out-of-fashion.

On the other hand, I think this opportunity is realistic because many celebrities and role-models (ie politicians / business leaders / NGOs) and leading corporates in Greater China and Asia (eg Cheung Kong/Hutchison Whampoa, CP Group) are long-term supporters and adopters of Confucius philosophy.

Best way to judge whether I have succeeded is to survey parents and grandparents of kids and teenagers in 1 year after rollout of the relevant Confucian learning / education.

One thought on “Education based on Confucius philosophy

  1. A very noble endeavour! It’s really interesting to read about how Confucius philosophy has a direct alignment to sustainabilty, with the three points you mention in your article. It is great to think that you can promote a mindset that encompasses the values for a harmonious society which will also result in positive outcomes for sustainabilty.

    That’s a very good challenge that you call out. How do you make something that was started 2500 years ago relevant for the modern world, and the younger generations? Have you had any thoughts about how you might achieve this? How can you position it in a way that will engage the populations you are targeting? Perhaps the sustainabilty angle might work in your favour here, as there is a growing passion for sustainable lifestyles in the younger generation.

    When you survey parents and grandparents to assess how well it is going, what kind of questions will you be asking? Would it be useful to take a baseline at the start to compare progress against and what sort of targets will you be setting yourself? It will be interesting to follow how this progresses, I’m really looking forward to seeing how it goes.


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