Immigration Department Youth Leaders Corps
The Immigration Department formed a uniformed group known as the “Immigration Department Youth Leaders” in December 2013 to provide disciplinary and leadership training for Hong Kong students of Secondary 3 to 6. The training programme covers national education, the work of the Immigration Department, foot drill, physical fitness training, outdoor training and community services. It aims to heighten members’ sense of national identity, arouse their patriotism, and develop their law-abiding awareness and self-discipline through group activities. It also aims to nurture good character, develop leadership skills and positive thinking, and arouse enthusiasm for serving the community among members. In 2021, the group was officially renamed as the “Immigration Department Youth Leaders Corps” with its membership expanded to include Secondary 1 to 2 students in order to benefit more young people.
- The training of the Immigration Department Youth Leaders Corps is divided into six categories, namely national education, immigration knowledge, foot drill, physical fitness, expedition and service.
- It mainly covers the national flag, the national emblem, the national anthem, the Basic Law and the Hong Kong National Security Law in order to enhance members’ sense of national identity and their understanding of the relevant legislation.
- Training officers from different groups of the Immigration Service Institute of Training and Development will teach members on various topics on the work of the Immigration Department, including those on immigration control, various types of identity and travel documents, and law enforcement.
- Through foot drill training, students will be more obedient and disciplined with improved concentration and accuracy. It can also foster tacit understanding and team spirit among members.
- To cultivate the habit of doing exercise among students and enable them to understand that physical exercise is crucial for maintaining good health.
- Students, in groups, will receive sufficient training in theory and in practice, covering map-reading, the use of compass, outdoor cooking, gear carrying and safety measures, etc.
- Though training and practical service, students will learn to be sensitive to the needs of others and develop enthusiasm for serving others.