Awatef Alharmodi

Nurturing The Future

Mar 01, 2018
Schools collaborate to imbue values such as empathy and inclusion in students

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has partnered with almost 40 public and private schools in Abu Dhabi as part of its Adopt a Nation school programme which was launched earlier last month.

It is an interactive programme that will facilitate a connection between the UAE’s school children with Special Olympics athletes from across the world by partnering each participating school with a national team.

Adopt a Nation aims to support Special Olympics values such as empathy and inclusion amongst students in the UAE as they learn about intellectual disabilities from a global perspective.

A series of events that facilitate cultural exchange will run throughout the year including, Play Unified, language exchange, teaching each other native songs, recipe sharing, short story competitions and more.

“Adopt a Nation is a truly remarkable programme, inspiring the lives of the next generation of the UAE. Implementing the Special Olympics values into students’ education, in an early age, can only benefit us for future generations to come. As we prepare to host Special Olympics IX MENA Games 2018 and Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, we hope to nurture the spirit of empathy, inclusion, tolerance and accessibility via invaluable programmes such as this,” said His Excellency Mohamad Abdulla Al Junaibi, Chairman of the Higher Committee of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Abu Dhabi is the first city to host both the MENA and World Games, right after one another. Over 1,200 athletes of all abilities will descend upon Abu Dhabi from 14 to 22 March to take part in the IX MENA Games. Athletes will participate in 16 sports, which will be hosted in eight different places including ADNEC, Zayed Sports City, Yas Marina Circuit, NYUAD, Officer’s Club, Mubadala IPC Arena, Al Jazira Sports Club and Al Forsan Club.

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