Second phase of woman teaching assistants project for those with Down Sendrome in public schools completed

Sharjah: The second phase of the woman teaching assistants project for those with Down syndrome in the public schools has been completed. The project is implemented by Emirates Down Syndrome Association in collaboration with the British University in Dubai.

Emirates Foundation for Youth Development in Abu Dhabi has pledged to continue its support to the programme, which was implemented by the British University in Dubai and four sub-centres in Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Dibba.

Sonia Al Hashemi, chairperson of Emirates Down syndrome Association said that the training programme for the woman teaching assistants of people with Down syndrome in public schools, follows the directives by the leadership to adopt all the ways to overcome difficulties that face children with Down syndrome.

She added that the training programme has contributed to the preparation and rehabilitation of a group of female citizens, who are high school graduates to join the labour market and help people with Down syndrome to merge in public schools to learn naturally with their peers.

Al Hashimi emphasised that the cooperation among the Ministries of Education, Social Affairs and the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs, strengthens the role of the association in facilitating the incorporation of those with Down syndrome into the public schools, as well as in the exchange of experiences and studies in this respect.

For her part, Dr. Eman Gaad, Dean of Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai, who heads the team implementing the programme, and an advisor to UNESCO, said that the project is based on achieving the educational objectives regarding the incorporation of people with Down syndrome, and creation of all necessary means to them in the school community to cope with their peers.

She added that the project is an investment of local human capacities of unemployed high school and university graduates.

The British University in Dubai has completed the implementation of the theoretical part of the project in the first and second phases in all centres nationwide.