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Life in the Camp II

Geoffrey Charles Emerson

in Hong Kong Internment, 1942 to 1945

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622098800
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206977 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098800.003.0003
Life in the Camp II

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This chapter discusses the Stanley internees' activities during internment at the camp. It describes how kindergarten and transition classes were set up in St Stephen's College Hall for children five to eight years old, as well as junior school classes for eight to twelve year-olds and senior school for those up to eighteen. It notes that for the first few weeks the American children received separate instruction, but beginning in April 1942, the schools were combined. It observes that with more than two hundred children in the Camp as well as teachers and administrators from the Education Department, the University of Hong Kong and a number of primary, middle, and other schools, it is not surprising that very early on internment plans were made for education. It reports that Lancelot Forster was the chairman of the Education Committee which was subsequently formed and held weekly meetings throughout internment.

Keywords: Stanley internees; kindergarten; St Stephen's College Hall; junior school; senior school; Education Department; University of Hong Kong; Lancelot Forster; Education Committee

Chapter.  8781 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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