The British University in Dubai (BUiD) has signed an MoU with UAE Down Syndrome Association (UAEDSA) to train 21 Emirati women as teacher assistants to support the Ministry of Education’s efforts to include children with special needs in mainstream schools in UAE.
This project is being funded by the Emirates Foundation. The MoU is to design a course and train three Emirati women from each of seven emirates as teachers assistants. The Ministry of Education plans to create a national employment cadre of teacher assistants for the first time to engage these teacher assistants by October 2013.
The teacher assistant training programme is an opportunity for Emirati women with secondary school education who were unable to pursue a bachelor’s degree to take up a career in teaching. Emirati women who have completed secondary school are eligible to apply for this training course with UAEDSA who will advertise the course, screen applications and in consultation with the British University in Dubai, offer places on this programme. BUiD will design and provide academic support in delivering the course.
The MoU was signed by Mrs Sonia Al Hashmi, Chairperson of the UAE Down Syndrome Association and Prof Abdullah Alshamsi, Vice-Chancellor of The British University in Dubai.