United World Schools E3 Ponlufest: A charity for education

Last week our school hosted the “E3: Ponlufest” a charity concert with the aim to raise funds for United World Schools (UWS). Now you might be wondering: United World Schools? Wasn’t it United World Colleges? United world schools is an independent charity, founded in 2008, providing the opportunity to read, write and count to children who have been denied access to education. It was founded by Chirs Howarth, an alumni of the UWC of the Atlantic in Wales. United World Schools is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for the world’s poor and marginalised children by building schools and providing free-basic education for children.

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The UWS 2020 expansion aspiration is to grow the network of community schools to over 500 across more than 15 developing countries, with an intermediate milestone of over 50 schools by the end of 2014. The UWS global vision is strongly linked to the Millenium Development Goals of the United Nations Development Programme, especially Goal 2: To achieve universal primary education. It aims to help reach a part of the 77 million children of school age (44 million of which are girls) that the United Nations estimates still do not receive even the most basic education. Our mission is to teach the unreached in providing education to over 100,000 children per year in post-conflict and developing countries who have been denied access to education.

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It was a wonderful concert for a great cause, with all proceeds directly going to UWS. The name “E3: Ponlufest” of our charity concert derives from the UWS motto: “Giving education, empowerment and equality to children in post-conflict developing countries”. Ponlufest derives from Khmer, the language of Cambodia, meaning “festival of light”. Even though we encountered technical problems with the speakers, the concert went great! The Masters of Ceremony were Sana (Iran) and Ivan (Hong Kong) who gave an introduction to UWS and explained the three E’s in between the performances. Several students who joined UWS here at LPC shared their experiences during project week in primary schools with the audience, accompanied with photos.

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Students from more than 7 colleges and schools in Hong Kong performed and amazed the audience with their talents. Fiona Chui, from Sha Tin College mesmerized everybody with her stunning performance of the song “toxic”, followed by a band from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology that got everyone to snap fingers to the rhythm of “7 Nation Army”. It was a perfect mix of guitar, percussion and the fine voices of the lead singers.

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The LPC dance performances ranged from African Dance, traditional South-East Asian dances to modern dance and the assembly hall was filled with the sound of loud and clapping hands and the names of our lovely co-years. None of the performances failed to amaze us and the grand finale was marked by a rap performance of the LPC rap legend Derrick Wan and a powerful piano performance by Thomas Yeon from Diocesan Boys School.

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One of the most unforgettable One of the most unforgettable performances of the night was given by our very own Gaelle (Haiti). She sang “All of me” by John Legend and the second she started singing the entire assembly hall turned silent. Gaelle’s heavenly voice brought many of us to tears and in the midst of the song she expressed that she dedicated it to her friend Lux (East-Timor). He was sitting behind me and was so moved by the performance that he went up on stage to hug Gaelle after all of us bursted out clapping our hands and screaming Lux’s and Gaelle’s names.

Cause all of me

Loves all of you

Love your curves and all your edges

All your perfect imperfections

Give your all to me

I’ll give my all to you

You’re my end and my beginning

Even when I lose I’m winning

Cause I give you all of me

And you give me all of you, oh

It was a great concert for a wonderful cause. We raised more than 15000 Hong Kong Dollars through the ticket and bracelet sale. Helping others and improving the world step by step can sometimes be as simple as sharing your talents.

Click here to find out more about UWS.

UWS photocredit: Vincent Fan