To: Board of Trustees of Miriam College

#SaveSAID

#SaveSAID

We are appealing to the Board of Trustees of Miriam College to reconsider their plans of closing Miriam College - Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf (MC-SAID) by the end of school year 2018-2019. We further appeal to the Board of Trustees to rethink this closure by extending MC-SAID's operations beyond 2019 and creatively exploring more viable alternatives that will be mutually beneficial for the school and its students.

Why is this important?

MC-SAID is an institution dedicated to the total development of deaf children, providing for equal opportunities for learning. It was founded in 1974 and completely integrated in Miriam College system in 2007.

MC-SAID is an important part of the community as it is the only school in the Philippines with complete continuum education from basic to graduate studies for deaf children. It is important as it nurtures them to develop emotional, social and cognitive abilities that are crucial towards their drive for self-actualization and community.

The plans to close MC-SAID by 2019 is due to low number of enrollees and seeming lack of funds to sustain operations. Parents are only given a year to look for an alternative school that can cater to the special needs of their children.

The abrupt decision to close MC-SAID is prioritizing who gets access to education. It means one is less valuable than the other. It means leaving people behind.

We, concerned individuals and alumni of Miriam College, are appealing to the Board of Trustees of Miriam College to reconsider their plans of closing Miriam College - Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf (MC-SAID) by the end of school year 2018-2019. We further appeal to the Board of Trustees to rethink this closure by extending MC-SAID's operations beyond 2019 and creatively exploring more viable alternatives that will be mutually beneficial for the school and its students.

Miriam College should give itself considerable amount of time to find innovative solutions to their existing challenges, looking for better alternative rather than full closure of MC-SAID. Miriam College have been expanding other areas of their academic community. It is within their scope to do the same for MC-SAID.

Similarly, they should also provide adequate time for parents and students to consider all possible options for their children. The essence of having a special school for deaf children is that they require special attention. Miriam College should involve them in exploring for more acceptable and reasonable solutions, rather than passive recipients of unfair decisions. The future of the children is at stake, which makes them the biggest stakeholders to the issue.

Miriam College is an institution that “commits itself to creating and living within our school community the very changes we seek to realize in society”. One of their core values, Justice, espouses rejection of discrimination of any kind against any individual or any group. We hope Miriam College will stand true to its mission, vision and core values by continuously providing equal opportunities of learning for deaf children.

#SaveSAID


Reasons for signing

  • I am planning and considering to enroll my hearing impaired child in 2019. It is frustrating to hear this sad news, please reconsider so that children with special needs may have a school that can help them very well especially in communication, and can be their second home. It is really hard for the parents to find alternative school :(
  • I support to the cause that we need a school to help children with hearing and speaking disability woth proper education. Clorng this school will deprive many children to be in an environment they feel comfortable and secured
  • I strongly believe in the advocacy of MC-SAID on total communication that can help hearing-impaired kids to communicate and understand well their environment. My family and I support #SaveSAID. We certainly hope that its Board of Trustees should consider our petition for SAID to continue its operations to help these children who are in need of a good education. We pray for a favorable response.

Updates

2018-02-10 08:44:18 +0800

5,000 signatures reached

2018-01-06 09:17:35 +0800

Thank you Guild of Thomasian Speducators and Child Development and Education Circle for supporting this cause!

2017-12-22 16:41:09 +0800

We have reached 1000++ supporters in just one day! And that's all because of your support. Here is a short video to show our gratitude to all of you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JqWXUj7EJY

2017-12-22 14:45:02 +0800

1,000 signatures reached

2017-12-22 00:19:57 +0800

500 signatures reached

2017-12-21 17:39:03 +0800

100 signatures reached

2017-12-21 16:21:45 +0800

50 signatures reached

2017-12-21 15:47:46 +0800

25 signatures reached

2017-12-21 15:12:41 +0800

10 signatures reached