May 31, 2022

On Monday, May 30, 2022, Her Excellency Mona Abdul Karim Al Yafei, Director of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), received a delegation from the Higher Colleges of Technology in Sharjah.  Prof. Gregory Platch, Dean of Health Sciences, headed the delegation. This visit comes within the framework of developing and consolidating cooperation with institutions, centers and universities on local, regional and international levels.

After a tour that included a number of the city's classes and sections, the guest delegation was briefed on the city's educational and training programs in educating and training people with disabilities in accordance with international best practices. Professor Gregory emphasized that the purpose of the visit is to consolidate, develop and work on the cooperation relations dating back more than 12 years between the two sides.

He said, “The city receives students from the Department of Health Sciences annually. The city provides them with practical training programs, including "case studies", "direct interaction with persons with disabilities and their parents" and "participation in events", in order to ensure their optimal rehabilitation for the future labor market”.

He expressed his great happiness with this cooperation, which is in the interest of both parties and society. He praised the great effort that Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services has made for 42 years and its tireless efforts to include advocate and empower persons with disabilities, in all fields.

For her part, Her Excellency Mona Abdul Karim Al Yafei valued the cooperation with the Higher Colleges of Technology in Sharjah. Mona confirmed that the city’s gates are open to university students, from inside and outside the country, for practical training and possession of skills to deal with persons with disabilities and their parents. This is done in accordance with the approved systems and foundations for training within the city.

She said, “The city has previously employed many female students who trained there. This training, whether they are employed in the city or a health or social institution, will benefit them and society. Practical training gives them the required skills, and enables them to provide appropriate services and implement important statistics in an optimal manner”.

She stressed the city's keenness to provide an outstanding level of services to its entrants. The city adopts the issues of persons with disabilities in an effort to enable them to live with dignity and independence. It always works to diversify the teaching methods it provides to its students, and is keen on developing their skills and capabilities.

Al Yafei also spoke about the city's leadership, its quest to empower people with disabilities, and the importance of the awareness role it plays in order to present the correct image of persons with disabilities, work to integrate them into society, and improve their quality of life.