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HRH Princess Haya Honours Winners of Princess Haya Award for Special Education

April 13, 2017  
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, honoured the winners of the sixth Princess Haya Award for Special Education (PHASE) at a ceremony held at the Madinat Jumeirah. A host of senior officials, board members, managers and employees of special education centres also attended the event.

Addressing the audience at the ceremony, Minister of Community Development Her Excellency, Najla Mohammed Al Awar, said that recognising administrative and technical excellence in the special education sector helps to inspire and motivate people who are devoted to supporting and serving people with special needs. She stressed the importance for special education institutions to provide a quality service that fosters happiness and positivity and creates the conditions for a brighter future.

The winners of the Princess Haya Award for Special Education (PHASE) in the Specialist Excellence Category are:

• Outstanding Special Educator/Teacher: Seham Bakry Mohamed from Al Khan Center, Sharjah.
• Outstanding Movement Therapist: Ahmed Abouelmakarem Elmorsy from Ajman Center, Ministry of Social Affairs.
• Outstanding Occupational Therapist: Ameera Jacoba from Manzil Center, Sharjah.
• Outstanding Vocational Therapist: Mariam Al Hammadi from Dubai Rehabilitation Center.
• Outstanding Educational Psychologist: Rudolf Stockling from Lexicon Reading Center, Dubai.

The winners of the Princess Haya Award for Special Education (PHASE) in the Institutional Excellence Category are:

• Outstanding Special Needs Centre: Institute of Behavioral Psychology, Special Education School, Pakistan
• Outstanding Awareness Campaign: AL NOOR ASSISTIVE TECH-X 2015, Al Noor Training Centre for Persons With Disabilities.
• Outstanding Institutional Initiative: ENABLE LLC (Desert Group)

The Princess Haya Award for Special Education (PHASE) for Outstanding Family of Special Needs Child was received by the family of Ghala Mohamed Taleb from Al Noor International School, Sharjah.

The winners of the Princess Haya Award for Special Education (PHASE) in the Outstanding Management Category are:

• Distinguished Board Member: Vasudha Prakash Natarajan, V-Excel Educational Trust
• Outstanding General Manager / Director General: Ahmed Al Helou Howayda from Right to Live Society, Palestine.
• Outstanding Administration Employee: Najla Rasheed Al Azeezi from Dir. of Rehabilitation & Employment Centers for People with Disability
• Outstanding Finance Employee: Mahmoud Mohamed Atwan from UAE Down Syndrome Association, Dubai
• Outstanding Support Service Employee: Baiju Abdul Gafoor from SNF Center, Dubai.

The winners of the Princess Haya Award for Special Education (PHASE) in the Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Category are:

• Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Supporter (Public Sector): Dubai Municipality, Dubai Duty Free and Roads & Transport Authority.
• Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Supporter (Private Sector): Al Jalila Foundation and Emirates NBD
• Outstanding Volunteer: Nadine O'Connor, nominated by Manzil Center.

HRH Princess Haya also thanked the Award’s sponsors including Jumeirah Hotels Group, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai Land Department and Al Maktoum Foundation; as well as the Golden Patrons of the Award, which included Emirates NBD and Emaratech, and Aramex, the Postal Services Partner.

Chairman of the Award Executive Committee, Mohamed Al Emadi, congratulated the winners, and called on them to be ambassadors for their centres and continue to build on the successes they have achieved. Al Emadi also praised the efforts of the Award’s jury for applying the highest standar

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