On April 18th 2015 BUiD signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SEDRA. The MoU was signed by Prof. Abdullah Alshamsi, BUiD Vice Chancellor and Ms. Reem Al Fahim, CEO of SEDRA. Staff from both organisations attended the signing ceremony at the Emirate Centre for Strategic studies and Research, at the fringe of the Gulf Education Centre endorsed by the GCC.
The purpose of the MoU is to foster collaboration between the two organisations to promote full and effective inclusion of people with disabilities by amongst others conducting: training workshops on inclusion and dedicated research projects that will ultimately enhance community awareness and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.
Prof. Eman Gaad ,Dean of the Faculty of Education at BUiD and a leading advocate for inclusion, said: ” The University is pleased to sign such a collaboration with SEDRA which enables us to contribute to providing Emiratis with the necessary skills needed to empower and enable people with disabilities ”
Ms Reem Al Fahim, CEO of SEDRA commented:”SEDRA is grateful for the support we have received from BUiD since our establishment. Formalizing our partnership today means that BUiD Master and Doctoral students in the special and inclusive education programs can work with us to undertake fundamental research, collect data and analyze new developments in the field, ensuring that the UAE has in-depth knowledge of our own population’s needs and specific circumstances. This will allow SEDRA to design appropriate responses and assure that decision makers, teachers, administrators, parents and employers have access to best global practices of inclusion of people with disabilities. Together, each one of us can play a positive role in supporting our national agenda of making the UAE a disability-friendly and inclusive country”
The two organisations share a common focus on the area of Special Education and the empowering of people through the right education. It is expected that the MoU will have a wider positive impact on improving life of people with disabilities through their effective empowerment.
BUiD is the Middle East’s leading not for-profit research-based postgraduate university, facilitating world-class education, training and research. It provides an important and growing community and resource for young professionals, leading academics, corporate managers and aspiring leaders of all description. For the Special and Inclusive Education area, it offers an overview of learning difficulties, innovative curriculum development and looks at current policies on inclusion and all issues related to education. BUiD is very active including support for CSR initiatives and its Master in Education Programme supports and shape the developments needs of the Education in the UAE.
SEDRA, as a centre for excellence for all matters related to the inclusion of people with disabilities is committed to facilitating inclusion through 5 key areas designed to integrate people with disabilities into: schools, workplace, and the community. It also offers professional development, specialized courses, workshops and master classes to teachers, school and home assistants, parents, employers and others working with people with disabilities.
It is noteworthy that SEDRA will participate in the world Down Syndrome Day which is taking place at the United Nations in New York on March 21st 2015 where Prof. Eman Gaad will present a paper on the Role of the Family in Supporting People with Down syndrome, on behalf of the UAE Down Syndrome Association.
With their collaborative efforts, BUiD and SEDRA are better able to shape and respond to the requirements and needs of people with disabilities.
Being signed on the fringe of The Gulf Education Conference hosted by Abu Dhabi, endorsed by the GCC and supported by the Association of Arab Research Universities (AARU); the MoU reflects BUiD and SEDRA’s wider range of commitments locally, regionally and globally.
© Press Release 2015
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