On Sunday, October 20, 2019, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) received a delegation from the National Association of Music Therapy in Tunisia, which included the President of the Association Dr. Rehab Jebali and Dr. Ashraf Kamoun, founder of the association. This visit is part of SCHS restless efforts to consolidate the relationships of cooperation with local, regional, and international bodies and entities in order to provide the best services to persons with disabilities according to the best international practices.
Guests toured SCHS various departments and centers. They joined students with disabilities their classrooms and interacted with them in music therapy program. They were happy with this visit and learning about SCHS outstanding services in the Arab world and the region. They praised SCHS advanced level in staying tuned with the latest updates in the fields of Assistive Technology and humanitarian work.
Dr. Jebali has pointed out the importance of the cooperation with SCHS and the mutual visits in order to share experiences. She mentioned the participation of Her Highness Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of Supreme Council for Family Affairs & Director General of SCHS, in the World Music Therapy Conference in Tunis in April 2019, which discussed the role of music and disabilities.
On the other hand, Dr. Jebali participated in Learning Difficulties Conference (For a Better Life), which SCHS Center for Learning Difficulties organized from October 16 to 17, 2019, with a paper about the importance of music therapy in developing the capabilities of students with learning difficulties.
Ms. Mona Abdul Karim Al Yafei, Director of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, has confirmed that SCHS has been organizing this program since 2013, in collaboration with the University of Iowa from South Korea in order to develop persons with disabilities motor, social, lingual, and educational skills. As well as train its cadres on music therapy techniques to ensure a sustainable program”.
She said, “Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services is the first to incorporate arts in the service of persons with disabilities throughout the foundation of Emirates Group for Special Arts in 1995. It was the first to introduce teaching music in colors for persons with intellectual disabilities in 2009. Then, SCHS founded Arts Creativity Group for Persons with Disabilities independently and a continuity for Emirates Group for Special Arts in 2010. In 2017, SCHS rewarded these efforts by establishing Arts for All Center”.