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The FLEX-Files: The Beginning - A Book and Its Cover

by Enne Er (Sec 1E)

He couldn’t speak, not because he was mute. He just couldn’t communicate well. 

Here’s an example of how young Owen might vocalise his thoughts: “I am more than I appear. I am a diamond in the rough.” 

You may have recognised that from the Disney movie, Aladdin.

This year’s Secondary One FLEX Week served to reinforce the importance of acceptance in the community through a series of heartwarming activities which helped to unite the Secondary One students against discrimination. Owen was diagnosed with autism at a young age, and watching a documentary depicting his uphill strive to overcome his difficulty communicating, with the aid of Disney movies, was one of the activities that drew attention to the disadvantaged.

“Still in the same world, we belong to different spheres.
You on that side and me on this.
We can do nothing but remember each other.” 

Does this seem familiar to you? It’s an extract from Pocket 2, the first-prize poem in the 2014 Migrant Workers Poetry Competition! 
Mr Zakir Hussain Khokhon, the Bangladeshi migrant worker poet, paid a visit to Fairfield’s Secondary One students during their FLEX week. “Migrant workers are humans too. If you can write meaningful poems, why can’t we?” 

Lebanese-American writer Kahlil Gibran once said, “There are those that give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” Visiting various eldercare centres, the Secondary One students had a common goal in mind: together, they would understand and forge friendships with the elderly they meet. What better way to underline the significance of acceptance than to have them sincerely get to know the older groups of citizens in the community, through FLEX Week? 

“I was really nervous before the trip to the eldercare centre, because I didn’t know what to expect. But thankfully, we were put into groups, so it was much easier to converse with the seniors there!” Jessie Ng from Sec 1B commented. 
Margaret Mead once mentioned, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Whether it be the disadvantaged, the foreigners, or the elderly, the underrepresented groups in society should neither be overlooked nor undermined. Undeniably, this year’s Secondary One FLEX Week highlighted the fact that we are stronger together!