Award for children with special needs

DUBAI - The Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre (RPTC) announced yesterday the expansion of Ebdaat Awards, which will cover children with special needs in the Arab countries.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 14 Jan 2004, 11:58 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:23 AM

The award is being organised under the patronage of Shaikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Chairwoman of Dubai Women's Club. She called on children with special needs to participate with normal children and prove their ability through colours and drawings.

The new session of the Pan-Arab award will kick off on the opening day of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2004. Announcing the launch of the annual award at a Press conference held at the Emirates Towers, Tawhid Abdulla, RPTC Board Member said: ‘We are here to announce the launch of the activities of Ebdaat competition for the handicapped children's drawings in its third year. Ebdaat is growing from the Gulf domain to a pan-Arab level. With this step, we intend to highlight the noble role of RPTC towards this category of children and give them an opportunity to explore their skills and increase their self-confidence.’

Mr Abdullah added that the committee supervising the award has dispatched over 15,000 envelopes containing special plates for drawing and brochures in both Arabic and English to the concerned authorities in most of the Arab countries.

Ghassan Amhaz, Executive Media Relations at Dubai Civil Aviation said that the department's participation stems from their endeavour to support children as they represent the country's future wealth. ‘Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the President of Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates, is very keen to support the humanitarian activities that serve and enhance the position of the UAE as a pioneer in children's welfare at the international level.’

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) is one of the sponsors of the award. Major Jassim Abdul Ghafoor, Assistant Director of DNRD for the Executive Bureau Affairs said: ‘The noble objective of the award is in being a medium for disabled children to express their thinking and vision of life and a means to encourage them to participate in social activities, and take them away from their isolated world. The award explores the spirit of creation and art among handicapped children.’

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