What is Social Inclusion?
We believe that every child, regardless of any ability and background, has the right to participate in society without barriers and exclusion.
An inclusive society involves everyone to be aware of the similarities and differences between each other which can eventually break down the social barriers and common stereotypes.
Social inclusion can only be achieved when society members are aware the values of children's rights, diversity, equal opportunities and participation. It is also depended each individual to combat different forms of exclusion and discrimination, so as to establish a caring and inclusive society.
Inclusion in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has become a Contracting State to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1994. Unfortunately, as an international metropolis, it is uncertain that every child is guarantee to have a fair development.
There are about 1,100,000 children who are aged 19 or below in HK (Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, 2016). It is estimated that 30,000 of them are with disabilities, and about 50,000 children are ethnic minorities (Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, 2011). Many of them experience exclusion and are not able to participate, learn and develop themselves in the mainstream society.
● About one-fourth of Hong Kong children are disadvantaged groups. Despite major focus in protecting children's survival, health care and education, Hong Kong has seldom paid attention to their rights of social development as well as social and recreational participation.
● There are no indicators about children integration and social exclusion in Hong Kong. Currently, there is also a lack of accurate data and statistics reflecting the livelihood of children with disabilities. As a result, no relevant policies can truly meet the needs of disadvantaged children.