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Special education students put up concert

SINGAPORE – Piecing together the discoveries they had made during an arts programme for children and youths with special needs, 70 students yesterday (Oct 18) put up a concert with Education Minister Heng Swee Keat taking the stage as storyteller.

SINGAPORE – Piecing together the discoveries they had made during an arts programme for children and youths with special needs, 70 students yesterday (Oct 18) put up a concert with Education Minister Heng Swee Keat taking the stage as storyteller.

The students, aged between eight and 16, were from seven special education schools: Tanglin School, Delta Senior School, Woodlands Gardens School, Lee Kong Chian Gardens School, Grace Orchard School, Rainbow Centre and Canossian School.

The concert, Courage, featured film, music, dance, drama and visual arts presentations. The students were guided by established artistes and trainers, including renowned vocal coach Babes Conde, established choreographer Aaron Khek, visual artist Little Ong and music director Syed Ahmad.

Now in its second year, the 14-week Diversity in Abilities arts programme, sponsored by UBS AG, seeks to motivate and inspire the students to find their strengths. Twelve children of UBS employees performed together with the students at the concert held at Shine Auditorium.

Art works created by the special needs students were also auctioned off, while more than 20 UBS employees volunteered as make-up artists, receptionists, ushers and auctioneers of the art works. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to the President’s Challenge.

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