As part of developing the relationships of cooperation with local, regional, and international bodies in order to offer the best services to persons with disabilities according to the best practices worldwide, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) received a delegation from Awladana Egyptian Foundation for Arts of the Disabled. Mrs. Suheir Abdul Qader, Chairman of the Board, chaired the delegation.
Mrs. Suheir has confirmed that the foundation specialized in all kinds of arts and founded almost a year ago, carries out various artistic and cultural activities for persons with disabilities. For example, it organizes workshops, cinematography, training courses, film shows, scientific conferences, handicrafts. It offers dance and singing lessons in cooperation with the Opera House and the Egyptian Academy of Arts.
She explained that the Foundation before its announcement organized two international forums. The International Forum of Arts witnessed the participation of 25 countries from all over the world to integrate persons with disabilities in the local and global communities. The foundation organized the third session of the forum after its announcement with the participation of delegations from 36 countries.
The foundation, which is the first institute specialized in persons with disabilities arts in Egypt, visited SCHS in order to have a closer look at the services of education, rehabilitation, and training on arts that SCHS offers to persons with disabilities. Delegates also wanted to interact with persons with disabilities in classrooms, learn about the history of SCHS, and its leading role in advocating, including, and empowering persons with disabilities since 1979.
Therefore, Mrs. Suheir has praised SCHS staff, workers and employees enormous efforts to offer and develop its services, which are of high quality and advanced level.
She was very impressed with the fact that SCHS was the first to employ arts in the service of persons with disabilities through the establishment of the Emirates Art Group in Sharjah in 1995. It was the first to introduce color music education for persons with mental disability in 2009. Later on SCHS established the Art Group for Persons with Disabilities as an independent body and a complementary for Emirates Group for Special Arts establishment in 2010. These efforts were rewarded in 2017 throughout the establishment of Arts for All Center as a continuation of its successful steps in this area.
She added, "People with disabilities are capable of innovation and their skills in various educational and technical workshops match the quality of best levels. This is indicative of the great effort that SCHS is making in training and teaching persons with disabilities according to the best practices worldwide.
During delegates’ visit to Art for All Center (FLJ), the chairperson of the Board of Awladana Egyptian Foundation for Arts of the Disabled hoped to strengthen and develop the cooperation between SCHS and the institution. She wanted to share experiences between the two sides to achieve great benefit for students with disabilities and contribute to the development of their cultural and artistic skills as much as possible.
For her turn, Her Highness Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of Supreme Council for Family Affairs & Director General of SCHS, hopes to consolidate the relationships of cooperation between both institutions for the benefit of persons with disabilities and the entire community.