Inclusive education in China

On the first day afternoon, we visited a mainstream primary school in Chongning town, Pi County, Chengdu. As one of the 5 pilot regular schools in the county to provide inclusive education, this school established its own resource room under Save the Children support. Resource room/center, a Chinese approach to implement inclusive education, has advantages on low capital and resources demands. The school currently has 6 students with special needs, and all of them are well cared by teachers and students.

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– By Juli Riegler

To provide inclusive education, a primary school has many tasks to do to improve both hardware and software. For example, a resource room and facilities for disabilities shall be available in place; the layout of classrooms would have to be redesigned; all teachers and students shall be trained to know how to handle possible special cases; IEP (Individual education plan) shall be set up for student with disability; etc.

Resource room - By Juli Riegler
Resource room – by Juli Riegler

One special course is performed at Grade 5 to improve students Emotion Quotient. Such courses are provided once per week. In the courses, one student with disability participates a game, which aims to establish team spirit. Such courses are warmly welcomed by students.

Visit grade 5 class - by Juli Riegler
Visit grade 5 class – by Juli Riegler

Thereafter, for our better understanding to the progress of the project, a meeting with school’s headmaster and relevant teachers are held. The headmaster and teachers shared information to us, about their experiences, challenges, and further action plans.

Kids posing with Jessica - by Juli Riegler
Kids posing with Jessica – by Juli Riegler

Last daily class in the school is called activity class. Based on their interesting, students can choose many courses, such as, handwriting, drawing, musical instrument playing, embroidery, etc. we get opportunity to see the school’s ceremonial band performed a show.

Afternoon drum class, the children can choose what activity to join - by Juli Riegler
Afternoon drum class, the children can choose what activity to join – by Juli Riegler
Jessica, Juli and Pauline with children from the school
Jessica, Juli and Pauline with children from the school
Girls during their brake, a little bit shy when I took their photo - by Juli Riegler
Girls during their brake, a little bit shy when I took their photo – by Juli Riegler

 

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