THE smiles and looks of wonder of about 150 special students said it all when they were taken to some tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur recently.
The blind, deaf, mute and slow learners from around the country were accompanied by their teachers and school administrators during the day-long trip as they visited the National Museum, Petrosains in KLCC, the National Planetarium as well as the Association for the Blind in Brickfields.
The students, aged between 10 and 19 from 30 schools, were chosen by their respective state education departments for the 2012 National Arts and Sports Co-Curriculum Execellence Awards.
Federal Territory Education Department private sector and special education sector chief Mahani Kassim, 50, said Kuala Lumpur was the host for this year’s awards ceremony and the students should have the chance to visit places of interest here.
“Many of these students do not get to travel much, even to their capital city,” she said, adding that the awards ceremony recognised students who had excelled in various fields in their school and that at the ceremony, a total of 73 individual and group awards were given out.
Sarbi Mat Nah, 35, a teacher from SK Sheikh Mohd Idris Al-Marbawi in Kuala Kangsar, Perak said his students had enjoyed themselves very much.
“They found the hustle and bustle as well as travelling on the RapidKL buses interesting,’’ he said.
Mohd Alif Ikhwan Azizani, 13, a student from the same school, said he was excited even weeks before the trip to the city.
RapidKL, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, provided six buses to ferry them around to the various locations around the city.