As part of the continuous development process of educational and training services that Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) offers to its students with disabilities, Her Highness Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Director General of SCHS, conducted a meeting with a delegation from Pearson Learning Company. The delegation included Majed Mneimneh, Vice President of Higher Education, Mr. Frank Edwards, Director of Workforce Development in the Middle East, and Mr. Ahmed Rommel Ikbaria, Director of Regional Development of Vocational Training Centers (Middle East).
The aim of the meeting was to discuss ways to develop approved professional programs at the Masarat Center for Development and Empowerment, and explore the prospects for cooperation between SCHS and the global company, to provide more opportunities for persons with disabilities after empowering and preparing them to obtain accredited certificates that have a global reputation. At the same time, they would work to provide training programs approved by the two parties available to the public in general.
The meeting also reviewed the various opportunities available for cooperation between the two parties to work on training workshops that teachers can benefit from and obtain an internationally accredited certificate in the field of special education, as well as empowering persons with disabilities to enter the workforce and integrate them in various environments.
Her Highness Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi has confirmed the importance of this meeting in sharing information and working to develop a new system of empowerment in its new concept, which would completely change the career path of vocational education for persons with disabilities in the country. Pearson Learning Company is a high-level institute. Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services has been able to provide appropriate ground for the company to operate, whether in terms of infrastructure represented by new buildings of Masarat Centre for Development and Empowerment, or in terms of material capabilities and human expertise that SCHS offers in order to reach the desired results.
Dr. Hanadi Al Suwaidi, Director of the Sharjah Center for Learning Difficulties and Director of Masarat Center for Development and Empowerment, Reem Ghazi, Quality and Education Executive, Maryam Al Ali, Manager of Masarat Center Development Project, and Mohammed Al Nabulsi, Technical Operations Officer, attended the meeting.
Dr. Hanadi Al Suwaidi, Director of Masarat Center for Development and Empowerment, has mentioned that Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services received Pearson accreditation, the leading global educational institution, to teach Pearson’s programs. Pearson’s internationally renowned programs seamlessly merge educational content with assessment to enable a wide range of effective learning experiences. This achievement puts Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services in the forefront as the first institution focusing on the education of people with disabilities to receive this accreditation in the region.
Al Suwaidi confirmed that the international accreditation constitutes a major shift in the work of the center. This means a change in the study of students within classes with a clear methodology and strategy from the beginning until graduation within two tracks (academic and professional). She hopes to achieve more results in the future.
Pearson (PLC) is a multinational publishing and education company headquartered in London, England. It was founded as a construction business in the 1840s but switched to publishing in the 1920s. It is the largest education company and was once the largest book publisher in the world. Pearson acquired the education division of HarperCollins in 1996 from News Corporation to combine it with its Educational Department.
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