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Welcome to this e-learning course on equal opportunities in education.

Since the implementation of the Code of Practice on Education under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance in 2001, both the Education and Manpower Bureau and the Equal Opportunities Commission have felt the need for the provision of a training course tailor made for teachers on the implications and application of the ordinance in education. We are pleased that, with the joint effort of the Education and Manpower Bureau, this course is made possible in response to that need.

It is well recognized that education is the most important means of a person's potential development. Although we were born different and we cannot change much of this, every one of us should be able to develop our potential to the fullest extent. A person being deprived of equal opportunities in education may ultimately be deprived of the opportunity to change for the better.

I appreciate your initiative to take the time to undertake this study. Your job as a teacher is more than a career. You are in a very important position to influence young people and raise their awareness of the importance of equal opportunities. I sincerely hope that you will find this programme useful and applicable to your everyday work.

Mrs Patricia Chu
Chairperson
Equal Opportunities Commission

2004

The Education and Manpower Bureau is very pleased to join hands with the Equal Opportunities Commission in producing this web-based learning programme to explain the implications and applications of the Disability Discrimination Ordinance to education.

Equality of opportunity in education is giving every student the opportunity to develop his/her potentials to the full. It means more than treating everyone in the same way. It requires that every student be given access to education in a way that is most suited to his/her needs.

In mass education, it is easy to forget that every student is different, and no one should be left behind because s/he is different from the majority. Catering for individual differences, in particular students with special educational needs, is a challenge to teachers. It requires close cooperation between the school and parents. It requires effective planning, flexibility, commitment, and empathy of the teacher. It requires a student-centred approach that starts with getting to know the student and his/her needs, and puts student learning and the interests of students as the foremost consideration in whatever we do.

I applaud you for taking the initiative to log-on this learning programme, and wish you success in your teaching career.

Mrs Fanny LAW
Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower Bureau

2004