HKEducation Research Limited was incorporated in 2016 as a guarantee company with no share capital and is exempted from tax due to its public charity. As a non-governmental organization in educational research and policy advocacy, HKEducation Research Limited fully supports educational research conducted by the “Education 2.1 Group” composed of 17 educators, scholars and the business sector. At the end of 2016, the “Education 2.1 Group” published research, “Different Education”, which provides four main recommendations, one of them is “building a big education platform, aim at social participation and optimizing learning. This platform is officially named Education 2.1 Big Education Platform, and its operating and financial expenditures will be fully supported by HKEducation Research Limited.
Facing the challenges of future society, a traditional classroom cannot fulfill the needs of students’ development. However, there is a significant difference in abilities in providing extra curriculum other than traditional classrooms among schools because of different school resources and social networks. Schools, especially those based on grassroots students, need our help to mobilize resources from all walks of life to provide grassroots students with more experiential learning opportunities and create better conditions for cultivating their comprehensive literacy.
In the past, the institutions for students’ off-campus learning experience have blossomed everywhere. However, this is only the beginning, and there are many resources still to be developed in society. Therefore, the “Education 2.1” team proposes to use the school as the medium to build a “big education platform” (hereinafter referred to as “big platform”) to optimize students learning by integrating all professions including government, universities, business and industry, non-government organizations, media, religious and cultural groups.