Introduction of WEDO GLOBAL

 

     

 

WEDO GLOBAL, a social enterprise advocating multicultural education, was established in 2011. We plan and arrange various multicultural workshops, local walking tours and overseas experiential tours to offer opportunities for participants to interact with people of different cultural backgrounds. Participants could learn, reflect on own culture and be inspired through the process which enhances their cultural sensitivity and global vision.


[Our Mission]

Through our work, we aim to enhance cultural understanding of local Chinese on ethnic minorities, so as to reduce the negative perceptions and racial discrimination about ethnic minorities. On the other hand, we provide training opportunities for under-presented ethnic minorities. After the training, they will have the opportunities to be recruited as cultural ambassadors to conduct multi-culture workshops and theme-based community walking tour. It increases their job opportunities, confidence, knowledge and skills.


[Theory of Change]

WEDO GLOBAL believes that the root problems behind low cultural tolerance of Hong Kong residents are because of cultural misunderstanding and communication problems among different ethnic groups. If there are well-structured programs co-created and co-implemented with different cultural contexts (e.g. Chinese & Nepalese), then people from different ethnic groups living in Hong Kong could be connected and have a better cultural understanding through interaction, building a community which embraces and appreciates cultural differences. 

We provide employment opportunities and training workshops for ethnic minorities living in Hong Kong. After the training, ethnic minorities will have the opportunities to be recruited as cultural ambassadors to facilitate / assist in cultural workshops and theme-based community walking tours.

 

Basic information of target group: South Asians

According to the 2011 Population Census of the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD),

(i) South Asians (SAs) (around 60 000 persons): these comprised mainly Indians, Pakistanis and Nepalese, while a minority were from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh

(ii) Many settled in Hong Kong and some were even born and raised locally: about two-thirds of EM adults had resided in Hong Kong for 7 years or more, with the SA and Thai population showing deeper ties to Hong Kong. Furthermore, 30.8% of EMs were born in Hong Kong, and the corresponding proportion among SAs was even higher.

 

Social problem: Poverty, Education, Employment

Poverty:

(i) The poverty rate of SAs, at 22.6%, was rather high among EMs, and Pakistanis faced the most severe poverty situation, with a poverty rate of 50.2%, i.e. one out of two Pakistanis was poor, while poverty rates among Nepalese and Indians respectively were 13.6% and 9.7%.

Education:

Low proficiency in reading and writing Chinese: both SA children and adults were less proficient in reading and writing Chinese. The use of Chinese posed a major challenge to them in study or at work.

Parents with low educational attainment: low educational attainment and weak Chinese proficiency among SA adults might pose obstacles to understanding their children’s education (e.g. acquiring information on local education or communicating with schools) as well as their access to information (e.g. information on support services).

Lower rate of acquiring post-secondary education: it was less common for some SA youths to attain post-secondary education. Their participation in the labour market at a relatively early age also warrants attention.

Employment:

(i) Diverse degrees of labour force participation: aside from Pakistanis, the labour force participation rates (LFPRs) of EM males were generally higher than the overall male average, while most Pakistani females stayed out of the labour market. Nepalese, regardless of gender, had higher LFPR, and many Nepalese youths even left school early in order to join the workforce.

(ii) Occupation distribution mirrored educational attainment: the most highly educated Whites, Japanese & Koreans, and Indians were largely higher-skilled workersviii. By contrast, other SAs and Southeast Asians were mainly engaged in lower-skilled jobs. In particular, fairly high proportions (ranging from 35% to 40%) of Pakistanis, Nepalese, Thais and Indonesians were engaged in elementary occupations.  

Pakistanis: these had a lower LFPR and a higher unemployment rate (8.3%, as compared with the territory-wide unemployment rate (excluding FDHs) of 3.5% in 2014); probably constrained by education level, most of the employed persons were engaged in lower-skilled jobs (89.2%), with a higher share of part-timers (14.0%)

Indians: more educated, more competitive in the labour market, and mainly engaged in higher-skilled jobs, thereby enjoying higher employment and household incomes, with a poverty rate of 9.7%.

Nepalese: had employment characteristics that were similar to Pakistanis, but their labour force participation was relatively high, and their working households on average had around two working members. Thus, they enjoyed higher incomes, and their poverty rate was 13.6%.

 

Our team comprises of talents with diverse ethnic, culture and professional backgrounds. Together, we build a better society with diversity.