Being inclusive helps all students flourish

It is very heartening to see teachers putting in conscientious efforts in helping students with special needs ("Helping kids with special needs to shine"; Aug 29). It shows that our education system is becoming more inclusive.

No two students are alike, and an inclusive education places great importance on creating opportunities for students to learn.

Educators will have to provide extra support for students with disabilities, so as to make them feel that they are truly a part of the school community.

This requires open and honest discussion about differences, and an institutional respect for people of all backgrounds and abilities.

This will not only benefit students with disabilities, but also create an environment in which every student - including those who do not have disabilities - has the opportunity to flourish and be valued for who he is.

Dun Yawen, 17, Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2016, with the headline 'Being inclusive helps all students flourish'. Print Edition | Subscribe