本港學生及老師的精神健康一向是社會重視的課題。此外,教育界近年越來越重視正向教育,期望建立正面樂天的校園文化。有見及此,香港賽馬會慈善信託基金撥款支持香港大學社會科學學院開展一個爲期三年半(2019年中至2022年底)的計劃——賽馬會「樂天心澄」靜觀校園文化行動,目的是在香港校園推廣靜觀文化 。

過往數十年的研究證明了靜觀有助抗壓及紓緩情緒困擾,而近年的研究更顯示了靜觀能培養正面的人生態度。靜觀現已被廣泛應用於醫療和輔導領域,並取得卓著的成果。然而,靜觀在學校的應用還是處於起步階段,其潛能仍有待開發。

為協助學校建立可持續發展的靜觀文化,本計劃採納了「訓練導師」的模式,透過提供靜觀課程及導師培訓予學校的老師和輔導人員,讓他們能在校内教導學生靜觀。參與計劃的9間種子學校(包括3間中學、3間小學及3間群育學校)及27間協同學校將會把靜觀課程納入校內社交情緒課程。此外,位於港、九、新界不同地區的9間種子學校亦會成為地區樞紐,支援相鄰的學校發展靜觀文化。

賽馬會「樂天心澄」靜觀校園文化行動在華文地區擔當先導角色,研究結果和實踐經驗將為教育界帶來啟示,讓華文地區的教育工作者能善用靜觀修習來建立健康豐盛的校園文化。

The mental health of Hong Kong students and teachers is always a public concern. Recently, positive education, which focuses on well-being and flourishing, has become increasingly popular among educators. To promote the well-being of school community, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust funded the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong to launch a three and a half years’ project spans between 2019 and 2022, the ‘Jockey Club “Peace and Awareness” Mindfulness Culture in Schools Initiative’ (JC PandA) which aspires to promote mindfulness culture in schools.

Past decades of research have proven that mindfulness practice is effective in reducing stress and alleviating mood problems. Recent research also indicated that mindfulness can cultivate positive attitude towards life. Nowadays, mindfulness is widely used in the fields of medicine and psychology. While there is abundant evidence showing benefits of mindfulness in these areas, the application of mindfulness in schools is still in a relatively nascent stage and yet to be explored.

To ensure the sustainability of the mindfulness culture in schools, the project adopts a “train-the-trainer approach”. School teachers and school professional helpers will be empowered to teach mindfulness to their students upon completion of the training offered by JC PandA. The 9 seed schools (including 3 secondary schools, 3 primary schools, and 3 social development schools) and 27 affiliated school of the project will integrate mindfulness into their social-emotional learning curriculum. The 9 seed schools, which are located in different geographical areas in Hong Kong, will also become the nodes of the mindfulness educators’ network, supporting schools in the neighborhood to develop mindfulness culture.

JC PandA project is unique in that it is one of the pioneer large-scale projects in Chinese societies that explore the benefits of mindfulness for students and teachers in school settings. The research findings and experiences of the project will shed light on how mindfulness could be applied in the education sector, and enable educators in Chinese societies to apply mindfulness in building a healthy and flourishing school culture.