Ministry of Community Development organizes ‘Your Second Home’ initiative across UAE to welcome students at start of new academic year
Her Excellency Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid receives students of Umm Al Quwain Autism Center and Child Early Intervention Medical Center in Dubai as part of the initiative
Her Excellency Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid: Education is among the inherent rights of people of determination, and the Ministry of Community Development is committed to providing a world-class educational environment at its centers
Dubai-UAE: 10 September, 2018 – Seven care and rehabilitation centers for people of determination, operating under the Ministry of Community Development (MOCD), opened their doors to 836 students at the start of the new academic year as part of a new Ministry initiative ‘Your Second Home’, that highlights the positive impact of these centers on the happiness of students and their families.
Based on the concept of educational integration, the centers serve students with a wide range of mental conditions such as autism and similar disabilities, while other public educational institutions cater to students with physical disabilities including motor and hearing impairment. The students spend seven hours a day on average from Sunday to Thursday at the centers in Dubai, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Dibba.
Her Excellency Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, personally welcomed students at Umm Al Quwain Autism Center and the Child Early Intervention Medical Center in Dubai on the first day of the academic year. The Minister met with staff from various departments across the two centers and received a briefing on their daily operations. She also toured the facilities and met with students and parents.
The Minister said: “Education is among the inherent rights of people of determination, and MOCD is committed to providing a world-class educational environment for the students at its care and rehabilitation centers across the UAE. The facilities make a significant difference in their daily lives and support their right to live independently.”
She added: “The Ministry’s ‘Your Second Home’ initiative reinforces the important contribution of the centres and their staff to the personal development of people of determination and their integration into society. Furthermore, it aspires to highlight the UAE’s progress in the empowerment of people of determination, and strengthen its status as a tolerant nation that cherishes the diversity of its population, and provides a welcoming and enabling environment to varied segments.”
In a bid to meet the needs of people of determination and support them in realizing their hopes and aspirations, MOCD has adopted a strategy that incorporates the latest methods and best practices from around the world. People of determination are provided with integrated community care and mental health support to encourage them to become self sufficient and integrate them into the social mainstream.
Her Excellency Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid said: “MOCD is keen to develop its care and rehabilitation centers to meet the needs of the students and their parents. The facilities provide innovative and state-of-the-art services in the fields of early intervention and special education as well as vocational training and rehabilitation. They also offer supporting treatment services including physical, occupational, speech and nursing therapy.”
People of determination are a major priority of the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021 that seeks to establish the UAE as one of the foremost countries in the world in terms of economic and social development. As part of its core mandate aligned with this agenda, MOCD works relentlessly to empower people of determination to make a meaningful contribution to their community.