Friday, 28 September 2012


Blindingly obvious, really

The organisation: Children of Promise

Who we are

We are parents and friends of children with disabilities.  We have a desire to serve the needs of those children. Even though these children are like vulnerable saplings who need special care, we believe they can still grow into strong trees. Our hope is to gather together our collective wisdom and strength to help these saplings grow.
What we believe
  1. We believe in the value and meaning of life. We believe that people are created by God with a special purpose. We believe that ALL children are children of promise.
  2. We believe in the importance of family. We encourage active participation of the whole family. This brings happiness and support for the children.
  3. 3. We believe in power of unity. This united wisdom and strength can bring more help for the children.
What we hope to do
  1. Gather families who have children with disabilities together regularly to allow networking and mutual support.
  2. Unite families to combine resources and advocacy to improve quality and scope of services provided for these families.
  3. Set children free from an isolated life, allowing them to come together to play and interact with each other and society.
  4. Provide volunteers with opportunities to be involved with these children so that we can become one family loving and caring for one another.
Some of its activities
  • play group
  • parents' group
  • care centre
  • training workshop
  • home visit service
  • investigation and surveys
  • Icommunity care
  • stress-reduction
  • self-care
  • special-education issueslive-in facilities
  • T and use of online services
  • community participation
  • social security
  • barrier-free
  • employment
  • PR and advocacy
  • toy library
...and more. The sorts of things that many (most?) services concerned with disabled children, not just CE services, may tag on as afterthoughts, or leave out altogether.

Here these are not 'tagged-on', they are the organisation's primary activities. Refer back up to what the organisation is and what it is aiming for. How else should one rationally begin approaching the task of serving parents, other than by – a parental service?

By a service for the upbringers – an upbringing service.

Where is this possible?

In China (need one add 'of course'?), specifically in Jimei, Xiamen.

One may find out more through the organisation's extensive and continuously updated website:

This is a big one, reporting a wide range of activities, groups, workshops fund-railsng, publicity, volunteers...

This website is, by the way, published in excellent English, which is more... (no, stop!)

(There is also of course also a Chinese version.)


This upbringing appears not been been 'conductively' focussed. At least it seemed not to be linked explicitly to the various Western notions of 'Conductive Education'. Whether it is linked in a deeper sense (at least to such Western Conductive Educations as have a deeper sense of upbringing) is a different sort of question, the sort that I struggled towards, with no great success, at the Hong Kong Congress a couple of years ago:

Earlier this month Children of Promise announced –

After months of preparation and hard work, CP Sapling Care Center is now registered as Children of Promise Ltd. Conductive Education System will be used as a wholistic [sic] approach to train our children with disabilities. Now we are going through a trial period at Sheng Guang Lu center; our new web site is also under construction…

Let us hope that this proves more that tagged-on sessions of 'training', with their attendant wooden furniture and the ritual business that falls under the 'principles' rubric. Rather let us hope to see emering the basis of a genuine conductive fusion built upon culturally-relevant upbringing/child-rearing. If such 'conductive practice does energe, especially if retains the primacy of upbringing, over techniques that might be typifiesdas 'exercises', therapy', 'training' etc., then this may be a major breakthrough in the urgent hunt to create a Conductive Education fit for the twenty-first century, and not just for the developing nations.

All Hail!

To all those people who have brought this about in Jimei.

It is not to diminish theirn achievement, however, that I mention here that they also drew on the expertise and advice of two Westerners:
  • Christopher A. Zaino, from Texas
  • David Ng, from New York.
I do so to reiterate the already laboured point that Conductive Education might be progressing rather faster than it is if only it were to widen its professional reference group, even – or especially – within the counties where it presently finds itself.

But let me not be naïve. What has been developed in Jimei illustrates the incomparable advantage of being able to develop and plan with less hindrance from existing models of thinking, and less obstructionism from vested professional interests. All hail indeed to anyone who cracks that one!

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