Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations, UN, and Other International Organisations in Geneva, presented the UAE’s achievements in protecting children of determination, especially their right to education and empowerment.
He presented the UAE’s achievements during his speech at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council, which is currently taking place in Geneva, as part of its annual meeting on children’s rights, based on the pillar, “Empowering Disabled Children To Be Able To Enjoy Their Rights, Including Comprehensive Education To All.”
At the start of his speech, Al Zaabi thanked experts for their valuable contributions to educating disabled children, which is still an unachieved dream while noting a recent study that highlights an increasing gap between disabled and non-disabled children, due to a series of reasons, such as the disqualification of students with disabilities from the public education system, schools not complying with laws and policies related to children with disabilities, and the lack of resources at schools to address disability issues.
Under this context, Al Zaabi highlighted the UAE’s achievements in this area while noting that the country has established policies based on the right of all children to education. Education is mandatory for all children below the age of 18, including disabled children, who are called people of determination, in the UAE, he added.
He also pointed out that the UAE supports educational services, through adopting the latest advanced methods for registering in both public schools and private schools that provide programmes designed for people with disabilities. He also noted that the Ministry of Education organises training courses that aim to fulfil the needs of disabled children, their parents and nursery teachers.
These programmes include guidelines for dealing with people with visual and hearing disabilities, identifying talent, and teaching sign language, Al Zaabi said in conclusion.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs