One in every three South Asian children (under 18 years old) is now living in poverty, which is significantly higher than the overall child poverty rate in Hong Kong (17.2%). The significant higher poverty rate of the South Asian ethnic group is closely linked to their Chinese language proficiency. Enhancing their Chinese language proficiency, in essence, would be the key to alleviate poverty for these ethnic minority people. Unfortunately, we have seen an insufficiency in the government’s support to the non-Chinese speaking students’ early childhood education.
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