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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Education & Learning

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. STATUE SQUARE, CENTRAL - 11:45


  4. Walking along Des Voeux Road, Peter stops before the Square.


  5. PETER (V.O.): If I didn't walk my friend back to his chambers before returning to mine, I won't be seeing the scene from this perspective.


  6. Peter focuses on the Hong Kong Club Building.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We've just had an interactive morning briefing session at the HKUST's Business School town centre in the Hong Kong Club Building.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My friend is the Council Chair. I work with him as one of the Council Members.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While most of the Council businesses are conducted in the Clear Water Bay campus, we also make good use of the town centre.


  12. Peter then takes a look of the City Hall.


  13. Act 2


  14. FLASHBACK


  15. INT. CITY HALL - DAY (1971)


  16. Library. Peter (16) is checking the bookshelves.


  17. PETER (V.O.): I've come all the way from NT, but I can't find any books relating to HKCEE exams.


  18. INT. PAU KAU SCHOOL, KAM TIN (1973)


  19. Principal's office. PRINCIPAL (29) is talking to Peter (19).


  20. PRINCIPAL: Why don't you consider studying a London U external degree?...


  21. PETER: To study its degree course by myself? No need to go to London at all?


  22. Peter looks perplexed.


  23. PETER (V.O.): The principal is a HKU graduate.

  24. INT. EVENING SCHOOL, KOWLOON - NIGHT (1974)


  25. Blackboard with chalk-written words "Sur le pont d'Avignon". As part of a small CLASS, Peter (20) listens to the TEACHER (30s) attentively before they sing together.


  26. PETER (V.O.): How nice to learn French like that! What a contrast to my housing management work during the day.


  27. Later, the teacher makes a remark.


  28. TEACHER: Do you all know the Des Voeux Road on Hong Kong island?


  29. The class nods.


  30. TEACHER (Cont'd): "Des Voeux" is actually French.


  31. The class looks enlightened.


  32. MONTAGE OF PETER'S TERTIARY EDUCATION


  33. A. 1976 - 1981. Home. Peter is studying BA in Philosophy as a London U external student.


  34. B. 1977 - 1980. HKU. Peter is studying a part-time-day-release course on Housing Management course.


  35. C. 1980 - 1982. HK Polytechnic. Peter is studying a part-time-day-release course on Land Administration.


  36. D. 1981 - 1985. HKU. Peter is studying in the Law School.


  37. E. 1985 - 1986. Home. Peter is studying LLM as a London U external student.


  38. F. 1986 - 1987. UCL. Peter is studying his 2nd LLM in International Law.


  39. END FLASHBACK


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having returned from London and done civil litigation in the Attorney General's Chambers in 1987, I chose to do legal policy work.


  41. Recalling.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Soon after I joined the Law Reform Commission secretariat in 1988, I met my friend. He was a Member of the Copyright Sub-Committee.


  43. Recalling.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was struck that the Sub-Committee Chair, Mr Justice Gerald Nazareth (黎守律), as he then was, reposed all the confidence in him.


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believed the Judge reckoned him as a piece of human capital. I learned a lot from them on-the-job.

  47. Recalling.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was very depressed in 1992, the Judge wrote me a kind letter, encouraging me.


  49. Sighing.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Judge died in 2018 at the age of 86. He was a non-permanent Judge of Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal until 2012.


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. STATUE SQUARE, CENTRAL - CONTINUOUS


  53. Peter takes a photo, depicting the City Hall and the Hong Kong Club Building.


  54. PETER (V.O.): Education is a form of the knowledge transfer process.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Learning is a passionate lifelong process to uplift and transform oneself. I'm always curious about the things that I don't know.


  57. Thinking.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If one develops a passion for learning, whether one is talented or not, one feels the strength to excel in anything.


  59. THE END


  60. FADE OUT





















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