Bid to explore potential of students with special needs

DUBAI - A platform should be provided to students with special needs in the field of art and painting as it encourages them to further explore their potential, said Mariam Osman, Manager of Rashid Pediatric Centre (RPC).

By Prerna Suri

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Published: Tue 3 Feb 2004, 11:36 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:36 PM

"Taking this into consideration, the RPC decided to launch the 'Ebdaat award' in 2002 to encourage talented artists in the field of art and the response so far has been phenomenal. I'm very happy to say that over the past two years, we have received nearly 15,000 entries from the entire Gulf region and almost 1,500 from the UAE," said Ms. Osman.

Set up under the patronage of Shaika Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ebdaat award is given to 16 winners in the field of fine arts and is open to all nationalities from the Gulf region. Divided into three categories, the aim of the art competition is to encourage creativity among students with learning disorders, special needs and people who are either physically or mentally disabled. A glittering final will take place at the Burj Al Arab on February 9, when the winner's painting will be showcased in a special art exhibition. A bilingual book in Arabic and English will also be published which would display the various entries received for the competition.

A certificate of appreciation will be given to every participant and the winners will receive computers.



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