Saudi Arabia’s “Hiba” initiative to provide education for children with Down Syndrome
ALKHOBAR: Prince Saud bin Nayef, Governor of the Eastern Province, in the presence of Prince Ahmed bin Fahd, Deputy Governor of the region, inaugurated the Al-Muhaidib Down Syndrome Center “Hiba” in Alkhobar, the latest initiative of Abdul Qadir Al-Muhaidib Community Service Foundation.
The event was attended by Deputy Education Minister Dr. Saad bin Saud Al-Fuhaid, senior officials and businessmen from the region attended, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Prince Saud toured the center to learn more about its diagnostic, educational and rehabilitation facilities that serve students with Down Syndrome and their parents. He also toured the exhibit accompanying the ceremony to learn about the success stories of many young men and women with Down syndrome.
The prince was briefed on the services the center would provide to rehabilitate a new generation of children with Down syndrome.
He welcomed the many agreements signed between the Abdul Qadir Al-Muhaidib Foundation for Community Service, the King Salman Center for Disability Research and the Voice of Down Syndrome Association.
Prince Saud said: “We are delighted that the Eastern Province will host a comprehensive specialist Down Syndrome center of the highest quality standards, representing a qualitative addition to serve a group we care about and to improve theirs quality of life and enables them to contribute to the development of their homeland.
“We hope that this center will be a turning point in their lives by providing them with a suitable environment to learn, help develop their skills and allow them to receive excellent education and qualifications in the hands of specialized and trained teachers the highest international standards.
“The leadership of this country strives to ensure that everyone has access to education, especially those with disabilities, and this post and center is a testament to the solidarity of all parties in serving this precious group.”
Al-Muhaidib Group Chief Executive Sulaiman bin Abdul Qadir Al-Muhaidib said: “We are sure that the Ministry of Education will provide our sons and daughters with Down Syndrome with the best learning environment that will help them to be active members of our society .”