Understanding the Adolescent Project (UAP)

 

Background

EDB has been launching the UAP since the 2004/05 school year. The UAP is a comprehensive support programme for personal growth. It aims at enhancing primary students' resilience in coping with the challenges they have to face as they grow up.
Findings from students' evaluation questionnaires indicated that students who have participated in the UAP generally made progress in anger management, conflict resolution, goal setting and interpersonal relationship. Both parents and teachers considered that the project would enhance students' optimism, sense of belonging towards their families and schools, communication skills and co-operation with others.

Implementation Details

Content of the UAP
The UAP includes Universal Programme (UP) and Intensive Programme (IP), aiming at helping students acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes when facing adversities.
The UP is a guidance curriculum on resilience, targeting at all Primary 4 to 6 students. The IP is a series of small group, adventure-based and parent-child activities, targeting at Primary 4 students identified to have greater needs for guidance.

Outline of the Universal Programme (UP)*

 

Module

Key Content

Primary 4

Primary 5

Primary 6

Total No.
of
Sessions

Competence

Emotion management

Adequately express and handle one's emotion

1. Source of emotion
2. Emotion which generates energy
3. Emotion which consumes energy

1. The importance of giving vent to one's emotion
2. Methods of giving vent to one's emotion

1. Understanding
the source of stress
2. Methods of handling stress

7

Social skills

Communication skills

1. Communication pattern and obstacles
2. Verbal and non-verba
communication

1. Developing
inter-personal skills
(active listening)
2. Co-operation skills
3. Inter-personal skills ~ empathy
(elementary)

1. Skills of
self-expression and accepting others
2. Types of friends

7

Problem solving

Seek help

1. Steps of problem solving
2. Methods of problem solving

1. Use of resources
2. Choosing suitable method of problem solving

1. Skills of seeking help

5

Goal setting

Goal setting skills

1. The importance of goals
2. Criteria of goals

1. Realizing the goals

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3

Optimism

Optimism

Positive thinking on casual attribution

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1. Optimistic thinking pattern

1. Internal thinking vs. external thinking
2. Global thinking vs. specific thinking
3. Permanent thinking vs. temporary thinking

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Conclusion

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No. of sessions

9

9

9

27

* For details, please see the Users’Manual of the Resource Package on the Understanding Adolescent Project (Primary)
on EDB homepage. ( http://www.edb.gov.hk/index.aspx?nodeid=1989&langno=1 )


Activities of the Intensive Programme (IP)*

Levels

Name of activities

No. of sessions
and hours

Objectives

Targets

Co-ordinator

Conductor

Students

Teachers

Parents

Student
Guidance
Officers/
Teacher
Co-ordina
tors/
Personnel

Other
workers
(process
support)

Primary 4

Teacher workshop

(2 sessions)
Total 7 hrs

To enhance teachers' skills in handling students' problems and their communication skills with students

 

ü

 

ü

ü

Parent workshop

(4 sessions)
Total 8 hrs

To assist parents in enhancing their parenting skills and communication skills with their children

 

 

ü

ü

ü

Orientation session

(1 session) 1hr

Introduction of the activities

ü

 

ü

ü

ü

Launching ceremony

(1 session) 1hr

To conduct a launching ceremony and to lay down rules with students for the groups

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Small group session

(6 sessions)
Total 9 hrs

To increase students’resilience
through group experience

ü

 

 

ü

ü

Day camp

(2 sessions)
Total 7 hrs

To enable students to have a basic understanding (knowledge and skills) of “resilience” through challenging activities appealing to the participating students

ü

 

 

ü

ü

Overnight camp

2 days 1 night
Total about 16hrs

To enable students to have an in-depth understanding (knowledge and skills) of “resilience”through challenging activities appealing to the participating students

ü

 

 

ü

ü

Volunteer services

(2 sessions)
Total 4 hrs

To arrange students to carry out community services/voluntary work and make contributions to the groups in need of help in the community or help community building, in order to foster their sense of belonging towards the community

ü

 

 

ü

ü

Parent-child evening camp

(2 sessions)
Total 7 hrs

To foster the mutual support between parents and children and to increase their communication

ü

 

ü

ü

ü

Parent-teacher sharing session

(2 sessions)
Total 2 hrs

To enhance the mutual support and communication between parents and teachers so as to create a “resilience culture” to help the growth of students

 

ü

ü

ü

ü

Closing ceremony

(1 session)
1 hr

To conclude the Intensive Programme throughout the year and to encourage students by awarding them the certificates of merit

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Primary 5

Booster programme-small group
session

6 sessions
including an individual session total 24 hrs

To further enhance the participating students' understanding of and exposure to “resilience”

ü

 

 

ü

ü

Booster programme -outing

Booster programme -individual
session

Primary 6

Booster programme-small group
session

6 sessions
including an
individual
session
total 24 hrs

To further enhance the participating students’understanding of and exposure to“resilience”

ü

 

 

ü

ü

Booster programme -outing

Booster programme -individual
session

 

* For details, please see the Users’Manual of the Resource Package on the Understanding Adolescents Project
(Primary) on EDB homepage. ( http://www.edb.gov.hk/index.aspx?nodeid=1989&langno=1 )