排斥與融合

無可否認,近年愈來愈多SEN小朋友。最近做監考認識的一名同工,言談間他也告知其兒子是「苦主」,可見這情況也真是幾普遍。

SEN小朋友有的「情況」都是天生,其實他們是無選擇的。可以幫助他們的是父母和學校。不過在呢度,其實唔係太多地方好大方講明自己係呢方面做得好好,因為怕影響收生。

好似本人以前做過的一個地方。那兒的確吸引了不少SEN的同學來入讀,而同工其實也真的有無限愛心去教育和接納他們,至少不是逃避或排斥。可是,就是因為想拆走呢個咁吸引人的招牌,結果上傳至下的信息:呢度無資源去幫助他們!寧願「趕客」走都不要見到他們的存在。

呢間小學得以延續下去,其實都是由scmp帶頭講起。就好似鮮魚行學校一樣,支援和服務一些弱勢學生,咁好的地方點解可以讓它消失?

Finance lesson from a school under threat
(SCMP/ July 3, 2010)
Parents watched integrated education in action at a Sheung Wan school open day yesterday.

San Wui Commercial Society School has mounted a HK$3.7 million fund-raising drive to operate a privately funded Primary One class.

The school faced the threat of closure after the Education Bureau ruled it could not operate a publicly funded Primary One class from September because it would not have the required minimum 16 students.

But it is now nearly halfway to its target after mobilising charities, campaigners and well-wishers to raise funds in a drive jointly organised with the White Rose Family Foundation.

About 30 people attended the open day at which parents observed a Primary One English class led by native English-speaking teacher Neil Appleby, in which children with special needs learned alongside other children.

Visitors viewed a promotional video about San Wui that explained its approach to small-class teaching and integrated education, watched a drama performance by older students and were given an outline of the school’s plans for the future.

Principal Ambrose Lui Kam-keung said the Central and Western district branch of the Lions Club had pledged to fund lunches and textbooks for every student, and the San Wui Commercial Society would pay for an extra school bus to transport students from Sham Shui Po.

“It has been very encouraging to see the level of support we have had from private companies, charities, and non-governmental organisations,” he said.

“It shows the recognition that our school has won among the community.”

Sheila Li Shuang, of The Peak, founder of the AUism Charitable Foundation, said: “I have decided to devote all my charitable fund-raising efforts to this school. I am quite confident that the school will achieve the HK$3.7 million target by September.”

San Wui’s application to operate a privately funded Primary One class from September was approved by the Education Bureau last month.

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