On Tuesday, January 11, 2022, Mrs. Mona Abdul Karim Al Yafei, Director of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), received Dr. Issa Al-Issa, General Supervisor of the Scholarship Services Center in the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and his accompanying delegation.
During a tour of SCHS's departments and sections, Mrs. Mona briefed the Saudi delegation on the programs and services that SCHS offers to its students with disabilities, according to the best and latest international practices.
The visit aims at consolidating and developing cooperation between the two sides in light of the center’s choice of SCHS to provide support and specialized, educational and rehabilitative services for Saudi “exchanged” students with disabilities.
Dr. Issa Al-Issa praised the high level of SCHS’s specialized services and its efforts to keep up with the best modern practices in the education, training and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. He has confirmed that this level is what encouraged the Center to choose SCHS as the destination for Saudi students on scholarships.
He said, “Cooperation with SCHS makes us proud. SCHS is a leading institution in providing services to people with disabilities since 1979. It has been working to include, advocate, empower, and educate the people of society about their rights and issues in preparation for their inclusion and improvement of their quality of life in all fields”.
In her turn, Ms. Mona Abdul Karim Al-Yafei praised the keenness of the Saudi Scholarship Services Center to cooperate with SCHS and provide appropriate services for people with disabilities coming from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She has confirmed that SCHS is working hard to consolidate and develop cooperation with institutions and bodies on the local, regional and international levels.
She explained that a close relationship based on knowledge, lectures, workshops and exchange of experiences links SCHS with many centers, institutions and bodies that deal with issues of persons with disabilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This cooperation will not stop in the future.
She stressed SCHS's readiness in its various sections and branches to receive scholarship students according to percentages determined by the capacity of each section or branch. SCHS aims to provide a distinguished level of services to its entrants as it adopts the issues of persons with disabilities in an effort to enable them to live with dignity and independence. It also works to achieve the principle of equal opportunities by removing moral and environmental barriers and aims to integrate them into society in an optimal manner.
To conclude, she said, “One of SCHS’s most important priorities is to educate the community about the issues of persons with disabilities and to change attitudes and negative perceptions of them. This will achieve societal integration based on respect and appreciation. It will also provide the opportunity for persons with disabilities to proclaim all their rights”.