Salem bin Abdul Rahman attends Learning Difficulties Conference

  • Wednesday 16, October 2019 04:27 PM
Sharjah24: Sheikh Salem bin Abdul Rahman Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Ruler's Office, attended on Wednesday morning the second edition of the Learning Difficulties Conference organised by the Sharjah Center For Learning Difficulties under the slogan "For a Better Life" at the Faculty of Medicine in University of Sharjah for two days.
Sheikh Salem bin Abdul Rahman Al Qasimi toured in the exhibition accompanying the event to learn about the services, programs and activities offered by the centers and institutions specialised in learning disabilities, in addition to supporting techniques and teaching aids, most notably the interactive room, which contains a set of experiences that simulate the reality experienced by people with learning disabilities.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Dr. Hanadi Obeid Al Suwaidi, Director of the Sharjah Center for Learning Difficulties the Center has sought from the first moments to be a center that meets reality and achieve the ambition to be a leading center in advocating, containing and empowering people with learning difficulties in the UAE and the Arab world, following His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

She added that the second learning disabilities conference comes with the aim of intensifying and joining efforts to provide a fertile learning environment for people with learning disabilities.

In his speech, Former USA Senator Tom Harkin praised the UAE and Sharjah's efforts to integrate people with disabilities under the leadership of Sheikha Jamila bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Director General of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, who is highly appreciated globally for her long years of work to promote the integration of people with disabilities.

In 2010, the UAE ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which it launched in 2007, bringing the total number of ratifications to 177.

Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development (MOCD), said that the category of learning disabilities is one of the categories covered by the UAE National standard classification of People of Determination.

She noted that there are sources of support for people with learning difficulties not only at the basic and secondary levels of education, but also at higher education levels.

Dr. George J. Hagerty, President of Beacon College, said that the Sharjah Center for Learning Disabilities has made it a priority to improve the lives and future of students with learning problems and attention deficit, making it a bold and pioneering center.

Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University, said that the University of Sharjah is working to provide all forms of care for students with disabilities through academic, psychological, social and technical support and awareness raising.

Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy praised the support of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, for those with disabilities when he presented the scholarship for the disabled, regardless of the nationality of the disabled person who is seeking university education and whatever degree he is seeking.

Sheikha Jamila bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Director General of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services confirmed that the UAE has placed human rights on top of its priorities regardless of the differences between members of society. She added that this current vision and strategy to continuously improve the quality of life for all segments of society was not limited to the emirate alone but also included all the emirates of the state, His Highness Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah confirmed on that by launched Sharjah Sustainable City, the first project to meet the highest standards of green economy and environmental sustainability.

Sheikha Jamila bint Mohammed Al Qasimi said that the conference, which will be attended by a group of experts, will make a big leap in dealing with students with learning difficulties and awareness of their rights and push for the development of legislation to ensure and preserve these difficulties rights.

At the end of the opening session, the sponsors of the conference were honoured: University of Sharjah, Ministry of Education, Sharjah Education Council, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, Air Arabia, Sharjah Broadcasting Authority and Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB).