孔博士一直致力推動本港、中國、以至全球優質教育改革，她曾是世界幼兒教育聯會（OMEP）世界會長、聯合國兒童基金會香港分會（UNICEF-Hong Kong）副主席、婦女事務委員會及家庭議會委員，現為香港中文大學校董、香港各界婦女聯合協進會副主席及平等機會委員會委員，又獲邀出任聯合國非政府機構代表、聯合國教科文組織項目顧問及上海市政協委員。孔博士對教育和社會服務的投入為她帶來多項殊榮：2013年，獲特區政府頒授銅紫荊星章；2014年，獲美國惠特學院（Whittier College）頒授榮譽人文學博士銜；2015年，孔博士獲香港教育大學頒授榮譽院士，表彰她對兒童教育和發展的貢獻。
Chief Principal Dr. Maggie Koong Has Been Appointed Justice of Peace
The Government published this year’s appointments of Justices of the Peace (JPs) in the Government Gazette today (June 30). Our Chief Principal, Dr. Maggie Koong, has been appointed Non-official JP.
Dr. Koong is an active advocate for quality education in Hong Kong, China and across the world. She was World President of World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP), Vice Chairperson of UNICEF-Hong Kong, and Member of Women’s Commission and Family Council. She is currently a Member of Council of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Vice-Chairperson of Hong Kong Federation of Women and a Member of Equal Opportunities Commission. She is an NGO representative for the United Nations, a Project Advisor for the UNESCO and a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference – Shanghai Committee. Her achievements in education and community service have won her many accolades, including among others a Bronze Bauhinia Star from the HKSAR Government in 2013 and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters awarded by Whittier College, USA in 2014. In 2015, she was awarded Honorary Fellowship by The Education University of Hong Kong in recognition of her enormous contribution to child development and education.
The JP system in Hong Kong has been practiced for more than 170 years. The main function of JPs is to visit prisons, detention centres and other institutions to ensure their effective management and that no individual is unfairly treated or deprived of his or her rights. JPs may also be required by the Chief Executive to perform other duties.
After the Handover, the HKSAR Government appointed two types of JPs according to the Justice of the Peace Ordinance. The Official JPs are government officials and will cease to hold such office if they leave the public service. The Non-official JPs are often community leaders and contributors to the Hong Kong society selected by the Honours and Non-official Justices of the Peace Selection Committee, chaired by the Chief Secretary for Administration, and recommended to the Chief Exective.
Congratulations Dr. Koong!