İrem UZUN -TDO- The Hong Kong government unveiled an animated video about the national security law as part of a broader curriculum overhaul for schools. Children as young as six are to learn about crimes under Hong Kong's national security law. Schools will be asked to monitor children's behavior and report any support for the pro-democracy movement, as part of new education rules.
Beijing imposed the security law in June last year after tens of thousands of people took to the streets in opposition to a proposed extradition bill in 2019 in protests that evolved into calls for democracy and sometimes descended into violence. The Education Bureau’s guidelines suggest Beijing’s plans for the semi-autonomous territory go beyond quashing dissent and aim to overhaul society and bring its most spirited city more in line with the Communist Party-controlled mainland. “National security is of great importance. Teachers should not treat it as if it is a controversial issue for discussion as usual,” the guidelines said. “They should clearly point out that safeguarding national security is the responsibility of all nationals and that as far as national security is concerned, there is no room for debate or compromise”.
Education is identified in the security law as a key area where greater government oversight is needed—along with the media and the internet. State media ascribed considerable blame for 2019’s social unrest to the city’s liberal school system and teachers. Thousands of students were arrested during month slong protests, while many more formed human chains and chanted protest slogans in school yards.