Date
28 May 2017
Some people reacted negatively to the experience activity, saying children should instead be taught how to "climb up the social ladder". Photos: HKEJ, Peter Chiu/Facebook
Some people reacted negatively to the experience activity, saying children should instead be taught how to "climb up the social ladder". Photos: HKEJ, Peter Chiu/Facebook

Street sleeper experience activity draws mixed reaction

Students who recently took part in an activity to experience the life of street sleepers said they have come to understand a lot more the difficulties faced by underprivileged people, including being labeled and misunderstood.

However, some people question the benefits of such an activity, which is organized by a not-for-profit group, Sing Tao Daily reports.

According to a Facebook post by an NGO staffer who helped organize the activity, a female pedestrian who saw secondary school students lying on the pavement went up to them and asked angrily to talk to their teacher.

The lady asked the teacher why the school would organize an activity that would only teach students how to become beggars. She said children should be taught how to “climb up the social ladder”.

The lady even “threatened” to file a complaint with the office the Secretary for Education Eddie Ng, even after the teacher explained that the school and the children’s parents were well aware of and approved the content of the experience activity.

Some netizens lamented that “climbing up the social ladder” is being given a high value in society.

Others approved of the activity, saying it would broaden the students’ horizons, nurture social responsibility and instill values such as kindness and empathy.

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