Upon the instructions of Her Highness Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of Supreme Council for Family Affairs & Director General of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), Music Therapy Program continues for six consecutive years to achieve the desired goals according to the best practices worldwide.
On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, SCHS graduated the fifth batch of its teachers and specialists who took Music Therapy Program. The graduation ceremony took place at Radisson Blu Hotel in presence of a large number of SCHS workers and employees.
Mrs. Mona Abdel Karim Yafie, Director of SCHS, has confirmed that offering services to persons with disabilities according to the best practices worldwide is a priority for SCHS. Therefore, SCHS seeks to consolidate the relationships of cooperation with local, regional, and international bodies and institutions.
She said, “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”.
“Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services is the first institute in the Arab world to cooperate with the University of Iowa, which has more than 150 years of experience, in implementing music therapy program. This program has positive effects on developing the sensory and cognitive skills of students with disabilities,” added Mona Yafie.
Yafie congratulated SCHS workers who perfected the bases of music therapy in order to become one of the main ways to train and empower persons with disabilities.
Ms. Khadija Bamakhramah, SCHS Follow-up and Planning Officer and General Supervisor of Music Therapy Program, has pointed out the importance of Music Therapy Program in developing students with disabilities sensory, cognitive, and motor skills. She pointed out that SCHS incorporated this program within its programs of training and rehabilitation since 2013. SCHS did its best in order to make its specialists perfect music therapy techniques.
She said, “Until now, SCHS graduated five batches of its workers and specialists with total number of 76. The number of graduates in the fifth batch has reached 16. More than 364 students with disabilities benefit from Music Therapy Program since its beginning in 2013. As for the number of master’s degree students from the University of Iowa, who were training in SCHS, has reached 27.”
Ms. Bamakhramah directed her sincerest thanks to the students of the University of Iowa for their constant and fruitful cooperation with SCHS after wishing the best to them all.
Graduates presented their demonstration on music therapy program by displaying recorded sessions and remarks on their performance during training and the noticeable development of students skills after taking music therapy program.