Volunteers encourage students to learn by touching different plants


義工鼓勵學生認識及接觸不同植物

The eco-tour with Mary Rose Special School is the first BUGS voluntary service for the Kowloon City District


「北潭涌共融生態遊」是BUGS首個服務九龍城區的義工活動

Date: 14 Jan 2014 (Tuesday)

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HKBU’s green volunteer team led special school students on eco-tour

浸大綠動力義工隊帶領特殊學生環保生態遊

Initiated by HKBU, the first green voluntary team among local tertiary institutions, BU GreenieS (BUGS), led students with mild to moderate mental retardation from Mary Rose Special School and their family members on an eco-tour of Pak Tam Chung Country Park recently. The activity aimed to serve the community by bringing green messages to those who might have been neglected.
 
During the tour, at least one BUGS volunteer took care of each student family. Sixteen BUGS volunteers (including HKBU students, staff, their family members and friends) led more than 30 participants on the valuable outdoor lesson. The guides introduced participants to the characteristics of various kinds of plants. Participants also had the opportunity to learn about the history of Pak Tam Chung and the life of the villagers in the 50s and 60s. 
 
A social worker from Mary Rose School said: “This was a great opportunity for our students to enjoy a good learning experience, given the high ratio of volunteers during the tour.” A parent appreciated the chance for such an outing as they seldom brought their kids out due to work and other family reasons. 
 
BUGS volunteers considered the activity a meaningful service. One of them said, “In the beginning, we had some misconceptions about special students. However, the group activities helped us understand them better. In fact, they are kind teenagers who are easily satisfied. Most of them are eager to absorb new knowledge and what we need is a bit more patience to facilitate this.’’ 
 

浸大發動的全港大專院校首支環保義工隊「浸大綠動力」(BUGS)最近帶領天保民特殊學校(包括輕、中度智障)的學生及家長到北潭涌郊野公園認識生態,並透過集體遊戲、接觸樹木等,將環保信息傳遞到新一代,實踐社區共融。
 
當天每個特殊學生家庭都由最少一名BUGS義工陪同,共十六位BUGS義工(包括浸大學生、教職員、其家人和朋友)帶領三十多名天保民學校學生及家長,除了聆聽專業生態導賞員的介紹,認識各種植物的特性外,更認識了北潭涌的歷史及香港五、六十年代的村民生活情況。
 
天保民帶隊社工說:「我們很難得舉辦義工比例那麼高的戶外活動,令大家可以有更好的學習和交流。」有家長表示,他們因工作和其他限制,很少機會帶孩子到郊外地方遊玩,因此他們十分高興能夠參加這個生態遊活動。
 
BUGS義工都認為這個活動很有意義,其中一位表示:「起初對特殊學生都會有一種害怕的感覺,但與他們接觸後,才發現他們都是很可愛、很容易滿足的,有些甚至很聰穎,只需多一點耐性去教導他們便能吸收新知識。」