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October 30, 2016, Hong Kong – The award ceremony of the 35th Shell/Island JC Scholarship for the Disabled Students, jointly sponsored by Shell Hong Kong Limited, Island Junior Chamber, the Education and Manpower Bureau, Hong Kong Special Schools Council and the Social Welfare Department, was successfully held today at Telford Plaza in Kowloon Bay. The award ceremony is designed to recognise students with special educational needs (SEN) who have overcome difficulties induced by their disabilities, encourage them to understand the importance of education and further unlock their potential to serve society. It also serves to extend thanks to their teachers, and improve the public’s understanding and concern for those SEN students.

Since its inception in 1981, the scholarship programme has been highly popular with schools, students and parents from all walks of life. To date, the scholarship winners have numbered 750. At the same time, the scholarship programme aims to arouse social attention for SEN students and allow the public to understand that the SEN students can be full and valuable contributors to society.

(From left) Ms. Shum Siu Fong, Chairman, Hong Kong Special Schools Council, Ms. Chung Shuk-ling, Charing, Acting Assistant District Social Welfare Officer 1 (Kwun Tong), Social Welfare Department, Mr. Deacon Wong, Current Chairman of Island JC, Mrs. Regina Leung, wife of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr. Daniel Ng, Country Chairman, Shell Hong Kong Limited, Dr. Alice T.F. Yuk, BBS, JP, Chairperson of Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises Limited, and Mr. Ho Chi Kuen, Principal Inspector (Special Education Support 2), jointly kicked off the award ceremony of the 35th Shell/Island JC Scholarship for the Disabled Students.

“We, together, brighten up the future with love & care” is the scholarship theme this year. With pleasure, Mrs. Regina Leung, wife of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr. Daniel Ng, Country Chairman, Shell Hong Kong Limited, Mr. Deacon Wong, Current Chairman of Island JC, Ms. Chung Shuk-ling, Charing, Acting Assistant District Social Welfare Officer 1 (Kwun Tong), Social Welfare Department, Mr. Ho Chi Kuen, Principal Inspector (Special Education Support 2 ), Dr. Alice T.F. Yuk, BBS, JP, Chairperson of Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises Limited, and Ms. Shum Siu Fong, Chairman, Hong Kong Special Schools Council, acted as officiating guests and award presenters, showcasing their support in shaping an inclusive next generation. In addition, extraordinary electronic organ and erhu performances from visually impaired students of the Ebenezer School and game booths from TREATS, a non-profit organisation, were arranged to promote the message of social diversity and inclusion.

Mrs. Regina Leung said in her speech: “After years of effort and with great support from schools and all stakeholders, we have made remarkable achievements in promoting social inclusion. The government promotes the concept of social inclusion via all possible channels, leading to a harmonious society full of love and care. Apart from efforts from the government, we also need support from all walks of life to build an inclusive society in an all-round way. The Shell/Island JC Scholarship for the Disabled Students represents a very good example. I hope that all students present here will keep working hard to give full play to your potential. Meanwhile, I wish that all attendees will continuously spread the spirit of social inclusion and of working together for a more harmonious Hong Kong.”

Mr. Daniel Ng said: “As a socially responsible corporate entity, Shell Hong Kong has always been committed to promoting social inclusion and equal participation, contributing to build up a more harmonious society. We try our very best to help SEN students release their potential and become fully integrated into our society. This is exactly what has motivated us to sponsor this scholarship programme for more than 30 years.

“Each SEN student who works hard to succeed deserves our respect and recognition. They not only strive to break through barriers but also have a kind heart to care for people in need. I am very proud of you and expect you to continue to contribute to our society each in your own way”, he added.

During the award ceremony, winners placed leaf-shaped stickers on the tree branches of a creative photo-taking backdrop, indicating that they live a wonderful life just like the leaves of the tree towards the goal of, “We, together, brighten up the future with love & care”.

About Shell/Island JC Scholarship for the Disabled Students

Shell/ Island JC Scholarship for the Disabled Students was established in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons. Since its inception, the scholarship awards programme has been highly popular among schools, students and parents.

Each year, 10 outstanding students are selected for the Outstanding Disabled Student Award. In 1993, the Best Progress Award was established to further motivate disabled students to achieve improvements. The Best Integrated Student Award was set up in 2001 to encourage disabled students who are studying in ordinary schools. In recognition of students who demonstrate notable effort in helping disabled students integrate into school life and significantly foster integrated learning experience in schools, the Caring Integrated Student Award has been established in 2011 to further advocate integrated education.

Awards and selection criteria in 2016

10 Outstanding Disabled Student Award winners (HKD 5,000 scholarship, certificate and trophy for each winner) 

The award targets the disabled students studying in special schools who demonstrate distinguished performance in academic results, conduct, school activities and community service.

10 Best Progress Award winners (HKD 3,000 scholarship, certificate and trophy for each winner)

The award targets the disabled students studying in special schools who have demonstrated significant improvement in academic results, behaviour and other achievements.

8 Best Integrated Student Award winners (HKD 3,000 scholarship, certificate and trophy for each winner)

The award targets the disabled students studying in ordinary schools who demonstrate distinguished performance in academic results, conduct, interpersonal relationship and adaptability to a changing environment.

2 Caring Integrated Student Award winners (HKD 3,000 scholarship, certificate and trophy for each winner)

The award targets the ordinary students studying in mainstream schools who participate in a variety of activities that assist disabled students to integrate into campus life, and play an active role in fostering an inclusive learning culture.

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