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Princess Haya Honors the Winners of the Fourth Cycle

Dubai | UAE – 13 March 2012: Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, honored the winners of the fourth cycle of the Princess Haya Award for Special Education (PHASE) who were nominated from different special education centers in the UAE, GCC region and Arab countries in recognition of their outstanding efforts to improve the lives of individuals with special needs.


The Award’s ceremony was conducted yesterday (12th March) at the Joharah Ballroom in Madinat Jumeirah where the winners’ names were unveiled for the first time. The ceremony was attended by senior government officials, heads of departments, public and private sector representatives and other dignitaries.

In his speech, H.E Mohamed Fadel Al Hameli, Vice-President of the Board of Directors and Secretary General of the Zayed Higher Organization, emphasized the significant impact of the Award's on the special education sector and underlined its importance in promoting excellence in the workplaces amongst the different categories of special education employees.

Mr. Mohammed Al Emadi, head of the Award’s executive committee said: “this year, a total of 196 applications were received from various special education centers in the UAE, GCC region and Arab countries,”.

Also he added, “The awards will be given to winners from different categories of the special education sector in recognition of excellence demonstrated by therapists, educators, administrative people, and parents of special needs individuals,”.

On the Ceremony stage, names of the winners in their categories were announced as the following list:

Category   Name   Center / Institution
Special Needs Educator   Suman Suresh Nayak (Employee of the Year)   Al Noor Training Center
Special Needs Educator   Mahmoud Safalddin Al Ansari (Employee of the Year)   Dubai Center for Special Needs
Vocational Therapist   Syeda Farrukh Nasreen   Al Noor Training Center
Educational Psychologist   Dr. Mahmoud Shathely   Abu Dhabi Rehabilitation Center-ZHO
Speech Therapist   Kamalini Jassem   Al Noor Training Center
Music Teacher   Mary Labib Michael Hanna   Right to Live Association – Egypt
Art Teacher   Nada Khaled Shaab   Al Wafa School – Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services
Art Teacher   Mohammed Baker   Sharjah Autism Center – Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services
Head Teacher / Supervisor   Abla Marjan   Zayerd Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care
Admin Support Services employee   Puthiyaveettil Ahamed Nazar   Al Noor Training Center
General Manager/ DG   Dr. Ayesha Saeed Husaini   Manzil Center
Special Recognition -Jury Choice Award   Dr. Samira Al Saad   Kuwait Autism Center – Kuwait
Outstanding Family   Family of Ja'fer Sadiq   Ja'fer Center – Jordan
Outstanding Website   Salwa Abdulla Al Shaba   Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services
Special Education Project   Palestine Red Crescent - Nablus   Palestine Red Crescent – (Nablus) Palestine
Individual Research   Eman Gaad    
Institutional Research   Abu Dhabi Rehabilitation Center   Abu Dhabi Rehabilitation Center – Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care
Fundraising Campaign   SNF Development Center   SNF Development Center
Special Needs Center   The Holy Land Institute – Jordan   The Holy Land Institute – Jordan
CSR: Public Supporter   Dubai Police   Dubai Police
CSR: Private Supporter   Samsung   Samsung
Outstanding Volunteer   Tamer Bahaa   National Association for the Deaf – Egypt

In the outstanding family category, the Award was presented to the family of Ja'fer Sadiq Yaseen for their life dedication not only to their child but to the whole special needs community scientifically and methodologically.

In the institutional categories, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services was the winner of the outstanding website; the Palestine Red Crescent in Nablus was winner of the outstanding special needs project for their Educational and Productive Plant Nursery; Abu Dhabi Rehabilitation Center was the winner of the outstanding institutional research which was under the title of “The Effect of Demographic and Psychological Factors on Families Participation in their Children’s Rehabilitation Programs in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi”; SNF Development Center was the winner of the outstanding fundraising campaign for their campaign (Fun Bazar); and finally the outstanding special needs center was The Holy Land Institute for Deaf in Jordan.

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has its category in the PHASE Award. The Dubai Police was the outstanding institutional supporter winner in the public sector for their outstanding approach in building excellence in the area of training people with special needs on horseback riding and improving it to include other methods; whereas, in the private sector, the award of outstanding institutional supporter was given to Samsung Electronics – UAE for their unique and creative ideas that have a breakthrough potential to educating people with special needs via new technologies.

Finally, Tamer Anis from the National Association for Deaf in Egypt won the award of the outstanding volunteer in recognition of his dedication outstanding contribution approaches on many fronts.

At the end of the Ceremony, HRH Princess Haya honored the supporters of the Award. The main partners GEMS Education and Jumeirah Group; the Award partners Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), National Bonds and Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group Charity Foundation; likewise, the Award sponsor Ministry of Education and the Award official courier Aramex.

Launched in November 2009, Princess Haya Award for Special Education is the first initiative of its kind in the region. It targets the role models in the special needs sector through various categories according to high international standards. The initiative also aims to encourage people working in the special needs to excel and set higher service standards in all fields of special education.

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