Sharjah: The second phase of a project to train teaching assistants to assist pupils with Down’s Syndrome in public schools has been completed.
The project is being implemented by the Emirates Down’s Syndrome Association in collaboration with the British University in Dubai.
Emirates Foundation for Youth Development in Abu Dhabi has pledged to continue its support for 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 the Emirates Down’s Syndrome Association said the training programme focused on female teaching assistants in public schools and follows the directives by the leadership to adopt ways to overcome difficulties facing children with Down’s Syndrome. She added: “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’s Syndrome to merge in public schools to learn naturally with their peers.”
Sonia stressed that the cooperation among the Ministries of Education and Social Affairs besides the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs had greatly enabled the association in facilitating the inclusion of those with Down’s Syndrome in public schools, as well as in the exchange of experiences and studies in this respect.
Dr Eman Gaad, dean of Faculty of Education at the British University in Dubai, who heads the team implementing the programme and is an adviser to Unesco, said the project aims to achieve educational objectives while incorporating pupils with Down’s Syndrome in the school community.
The British University in Dubai has completed the implementation of the theoretical aspects of the project in the first and second phases at all centres nationwide.