The 6-day exchange activity of social welfare institutes for special education between the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan Province organized by China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) was concluded on October 30 2016 in Sichuan. CSCLF Council Member Ms. Shao Xiuhua, together with nearly 30 specialists, experts and scholars in special education and social welfare attended the event. Other organizations included Tianjin Children Welfare House, Chengdu Children Welfare house, Shenyang Children Welfare House, Yibin Children Welfare House, Datong Social Welfare Institute, Shenzhen Bao’an District Social Welfare Center, Taiwan Fubon Cultural & Educational Foundation, Taiwan Children Are Us Foundation, Taiwan Syin-Lu Social Welfare Foundation, Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders, and Asia University, Taiwan.
From visits to children welfare houses, social welfare institutes and special education schools in Sichuan Province, and discussions and symposiums held on special education, experts and scholars from the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan Province had an overall understanding on the operational model and management mechanisms for special education and welfare institutes in West China, as well the achievements in early treatment and rehabilitation of children with developmental disabilities, occupational skill trainings for the physically and mentally disadvantaged, and the care for the elderly. Successful experiences were shared and discussions were conducted regarding future cooperation between welfare institutes and educational organizations, as well as special education and occupational training result sharing.
Special education specialists from Taiwan spoke highly of the rapid development in welfare institutes in Chinese Mainland, especially in exploring and learning advanced education and teaching concepts. Ms. Luo Shuxia, Deputy Executive Director of Taiwan Children Are Us Foundation was impressed with the progress her mainland peers made, compared with her visit in 2014. Some institutes have successfully copied the model of factories and shops reserving jobs open for the disadvantaged, soon after their visit to Taiwan last year. On top of that, many other creative concepts were introduced based on local realities in terms of asking for support from companies so that more people can be involved to help more children and the elderly. Ms. Luo believed that Taiwan welfare institutes should learn more from the mainland in terms of seeking for government support in policy and funding and ensuring the sustainability of the projects.
A symposium on special education was held in Sichuan between social welfare institutes from Chinese Mainland and Taiwan Province
Delegates talked with children from Yibin Children Welfare House