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SENIA seeks 2014 SENIA Student Awardee

The Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA), a network of educators, professionals and parents across Asia dedicated to supporting children with special learning needs is looking for the next SENIA Student Award winner. SENIA has chapters in China, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

With more than 10 years of advocacy for special education, SENIA is awarding its third SENIA Student Award. Previous winners include Ms. Andrea Ysabel Zubiri (2012) of Brent International School and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and Ms. Samantha Johnson (2013) of the International School Manila.

The SENIA Student Award honors a student with a disability who excels. It celebrates the achievements of a child or youth with disabilities; encourages awareness of the abilities and aspirations of children/youth with disabilities; and advocates in behalf of exceptional children in Asia. Nominations may be made by anyone. The winner of the SENIA Student Award will receive a plaque, two nights’ accommodations and flights to attend the SENIA 12 Conference in Singapore on February 28 to March 1, 2014. The winner may bring a chaperone if needed.

 

For information about the SENIA Student Award, please visit the SENIA website. The deadline for nominations is on November 1, 2013.

 

[News] SENIA Student Awardee 2012 on SENIA Youth Chapter

SENIA Manila is proud to spearhead the first-ever SENIA Youth Chapter this year.

After a successful inaugural meeting last March 9, 2013 at the International School Manila, Mr. Ericson Perez, SENIA board member, asked participants about their experiences. Ms. Andrea Zubiri, the first SENIA Student Awardee, gave a comprehensive account of her experience.

Learn from her and be inspired.  Continue reading

[News] SENIA youth express feelings about SENIA Youth Chapter

The SENIA Manila Youth Chapter completed their inaugural meeting last March 9, 2013 at the International School Manila during the SENIA Manual 2nd Annual Conference.

The nine founding members from various SENIA member schools got to know each other and worked together to define the goals of the SENIA Youth chapter. Check out what they thought about their experiences that day.

“I am extremely excited to start this Youth Chapter because it is something that I strongly believe in doing. I know when I am apart of something that wants to make a difference, there is only good that is to come out of it. This meeting we had together, as the first Youth Chapter, turned out to be something worth while; as all 9 of us clicked together for a common goal in mind. We set out to promote self advocacy and awareness within our school community and we are doing this by putting ourselves out in the open in order to stand up for others. I hope that this Youth Chapter really makes the difference in other peoples lives and makes sure that people with learning differences are able to get the help they need and the self confidence because everyone deserves a chance.”

Megan Johnson, 11th grade, International School Manila

“I really enjoyed the meeting and I’m really excited for the next. The first Youth Chapter meeting was not only inspirational but enjoyable. I can’t wait to start advocating and spending  more time with others similar to me. Thanks you SENIA for the opportunity to do just that.”

Samantha Johnson, 8th grade, International School Manila, SENIA Student Award Winner 2013

“My favorite part of this youth chapter was that I was able to meet such amazing people like  Samantha Johnson who is the winner of the SENIA Student Award 2013. It is a great honor to meet such a person. Second of all I hope that this youth chapter will be the candle that will light the way for other generations of people with learning differences so that they will be able to walk a much safer and secure road in their lives.”

Tux Miguel, 12th grade, Brent International School Manila

Thank you for letting me be part of this Youth Chapter.  My favorite part of it was meeting Samantha Johnson.  As a nominee for the SENIA award, I was really happy for her when she won and I hope that SENIA will go world wide in the next 50 years or so.”

-Jessica Malca, 12th grade, Brent International School Manila

“My favorite thing to do during the meeting was getting to know the people there, learning/working together on things that are similar and are happening to other students. Also, making the plan on the project.”

Danielle Hilker, 12th grade, Brent International School Manila

“My favorite thing about the SENIA Youth meeting was coming and meeting each other again, and talking about what we need to plan for our next presentation or idea. I look forward to us  getting along more too.”

Dominique Hilker, 12th grade, Brent International School Manila

Go forward, SENIA Youth Chapter! We are excited to see what you will accomplish!

International School Manila Student wins SENIA Student Award

Samantha Johnson, a grade 8 student from the International School of Manila, was named the recipient of the Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA) Student Award for 2013. Samantha received this award at the 11th SENIA Conference hosted at Jakarta International School from February 22–23, 2013.

The SENIA Student Award is given to a student with a disability who excels. It specially celebrates the achievements of a student who is able to raise awareness and inspire others on behalf of students with special needs in Asia.

During the awarding ceremony, Samantha was cited for her outstanding work in promoting awareness and advocacy for students who learn differently. Samantha has developed an outstanding video documenting her journey with learning difficulties including her successes and challenges. She was also a speaker at the Next Frontier Conference where she addressed more than 70 international school leaders and teachers about her learning journey and how she advocates for herself.  To know more about Samantha, click here.

Brent International School students receive SENIA special citation

Four students from Brent International School received special citations during the awarding ceremony for the “SENIA Student Award 2013”.

Congratulations! We are proud of you.

Grace Loedin

Grace Loedin

Jessica Malca

Jessica Malca

Adhar Sheen

Adhar Sheen

Iana Tan

Iana Tan

 

Benildean wins SENIA Student Award 2012

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde has another reason to celebrate as Ms. Andrea Ysabel Garcia Zubiri, an AB Photography freshman, bested nominees from all over Asia to win the inaugural SENIA Student Award.

The SENIA Student Award honors a student with a disability who excels. It specially celebrates the achievements of a student who is able to raise awareness and inspire others on behalf of exceptional children in Asia.

During the awarding ceremony, Andrea was cited for her excellent academic achievement, well-rounded school involvement, and advocacy-driven projects. The SENIA Student Award committee noted Andrea’s essays and presentations on “Theories of Learning” where she explains the different ways people learn.

Andrea  Zubiri with her proud parents

Andrea Zubiri with her proud parents

The awarding ceremony was held during the SENIA 10 conference held at the Grand Four Wings Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on February 17, 2012. As an awardee, Andrea was given a chance to address more than 200 conference attendees from all over Asia. During her address, Andrea shared her dream for more schools to support students with learning disabilities. She hopes that students like her may be better understood and supported in order for them to succeed. This quote from her acceptance speech makes her sentiments known: “Why limit the questions of a student, when curiosity leads to understanding?” Andrea also shared the gospel song “Still” by Hillsong and expressed that: “It is a song I find comfort in when days get difficult and I feel alone”. Andrea is an example that living with a learning disability may be difficult but it is not a hindrance to success.

Andrea Zubiri with representatives from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. (Photo: Terry Shuster)

Andrea Zubiri with representatives from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. (Photo credit: Terry Shuster)

 

Andrea graduated from Brent International School Manila before she entered De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.