On Monday, Al-Wafaa School for Capacity Development of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) launched the celebrations of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Activities will last until December 8, through a series of events, lectures, workshops and activities. This year, the celebration is under the theme “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world”. SCHS students with disabilities, its workers, and students’ parents participated.
The ceremony began with the national anthem of UAE, which the musical band of the Academy of Police Sciences in Sharjah played. Then, the female student, “Mahra Abdel Aziz”, who is a person with multiple disabilities, recited some verses from the Holy Quran. The students of the school, in cooperation with the students of the Masarat Center for Development and Empowerment, acted in a play that talks about the right of people with disabilities to education and inclusion, which corresponds to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities theme.
The celebration included a variety of workshops, such as the “Mix Media” workshop, which is one of the modern workshops included by the school. The idea of the workshop depends on using more than one material to create the artistic piece. In addition, SCHS organized the “Arabic Calligraphy” workshop, the “Art and Innovation” musical instruments workshop, and the “Al-Likh” workshop. SCHS organized these workshops in cooperation with the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, as well as the Watercolor Printing, the Sensory Motor Skills, and the “Decoupage on Wood” workshops.
Mr. Abdel Nasser Darwish, the Director of Al-Wafaa School for Capacity Development “Ramla Branch”, has confirmed that the school celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities every year. The school aims of highlighting their issues and educating the community about their rights to contribute to their inclusion, advocacy and empowerment. He added, one of the goals of celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is raise awareness of its theme, which is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world”. The school wants to put emphasis on social responsibility in reaching a comprehensive inclusion of persons with disabilities and creating solutions that allow this integration and achieve ease of access in various fields.
Mr. Darwish said, “Persons with disabilities have been greatly affected by the measures and repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, it was necessary for governmental and private institutions to provide solutions and devise strategies that achieve comprehensive inclusion for persons with disabilities”.
As part of the school’s celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Amassi program will host a dialogue session in which a number of specialists will talk about some details related to persons with disabilities and the importance of community awareness about them. On Tuesday, the school will organize a marine march for students with disabilities, in cooperation with Sharjah Marine Sports Club.
Tuesday also witnessed a lecture on ways to deal with people with disabilities, and an open day for students with motor disabilities. In cooperation with Sharjah Cooperative Society, students with disabilities will participate in the “Career Day” where they play the role of an employee in the institution.
On Wednesday, the school will organize, in cooperation with the Sharjah Sports Club, the youth football tournament at SCHS level. In addition to providing consultations within the health sector in Sharjah and remote areas. On Thursday, December 8, the school will organize a psychological support program for families.
Source: Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services