PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 December, 1998, 12:00am

Your Agenda article on the girls who diligently attended the Canossian Evening School in Shau Kei Wan from the 1960s to the late 1970s in order to realise a better life (Sunday Morning Post, December 6) brought back memories.

I grew up during the same period in Shau Kei Wan near the Canossian School. Although I was a bit more fortunate in that I could attend a day school, I worked in my father's shop after school and saw many factory workers in the streets every day.

I found the stories in the article touching in that they illustrated our struggling, humble past. Yet those who had to struggle to better themselves have come to treasure the extra effort they made to get an education, perhaps more than the young recipients of abundant resources do nowadays. The old saying is still valid: We appreciate it more when we really have to work for it.

Our society could do more to remind citizens of our humble past and honour those who have made an extra effort and beaten the odds in life, in order to realise a dream.

I also salute the church groups and teachers who have worked tirelessly for the less fortunate of our society.

S. CHEUNG Clearwater Bay