Saturday, 13 December 2008

Congratulations, David Ching

And please tell us the secret of how the Kiwis do it!

There was a time when the old Conductive Chronicle quite often reported public recognition of the enormous personal efforts and widespread human benefits involved in establishing Conductive Education programs/services in local communities.

It has been quite a long time now since such public acknowledgement has been reported, anywhere, so it is gratifying to read the following citation from Christchurch, New Zealand, in an article by Pauline Moore in this morning’s edition of The Press:

DAVID CHING

David Ching has been the driving force behind the success of conductive education, a programme to rehabilitate children with motor disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, and adults who have suffered a stroke or head injury. The former principal of Addington Primary School has set up three education centres in Christchurch. Aside from his tireless work with the schools and conductive education, he still found time to be a longtime administrator for the Canterbury Rugby Union.

Godzone Conductive Education

You don’t know about CE in New Zealand?

Slow and steady, and not of course without its hiccoughs along the way, Conductive Education has made the most remarkable advances in establishing itself in New Zealand.

CE has certainly got it together in NZ. How ‘conductive’. And how uncommon…

Hard times are on their way, but in a (to most of us) distant land, Conductive Education in a particular form, has anchored itself in its new social context and as a consequence has an all the stronger chance of surviving and evolving into the future.

Does New Zealand have something that will travel, or is it too embedded in the New Zealand way?

Reference

Moore, P. (2000) Power List 2008: the heroes in out midst, The Press, 13 December http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/thepress/4791939a6009.html

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