Summer activities help kids with special needs

ABU DHABI — General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has sponsored a variety of summer activities for boys and girls at the Armed Forces Officers’ Club.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Tue 3 Jul 2007, 8:58 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:57 AM

The summer programme, which commenced on June 10 and will continue until August 2, has been designed to provide entertainment to 40 minors in the age group of five to 13 years who are inmates at the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Welfare, Special Needs and Minors.

Lessons on the Holy Quran, computer programmes, self-defence art courses, swimming and drawing sessions, football games, in addition to internal familiarisation trips, are being organised as part of the summer activities.

A specialised cadre of supervisors and teachers are conducting the recreational programme, under the administration of the Social Welfare Department at the Organisation.

“The goal of such summer activities is to help young people to spend their leisure time and acquire some skills, which are fundamental in building up their personalities and making them more self-reliant,” said Nafi Ali Al Hamadi, Director of Minors Administration Affairs Department in Abu Dhabi. These activities also assist in promoting talents and potentials of minors and channelise them in the right direction for the benefit of society and the community, he added.

Hamadi lauded Shaikh Mohammed for sponsoring the programme, and extended thanks to the Armed Forces Officers’ Club for hosting the event.

About other programmes tailored for this summer, Hamadi said Al Tawasul Centre for Training and Family Counselling is organising a number of sports activities for 30 girls in the age group 13-19 years.

“Classes for swimming, skating, karate, gifts wraping, cooking, traditional perfume and accessories making, which started on June 14 will continue until July 14,” he added.



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