The programme seeks to create managerial, leadership and technical abilities of people with intellectual disabilities and integrate them into society in all fields of life.
Dr Lamya Harub, co-founder of the Leadership Academy and volunteer in SOO mentioned, “The Academy is aimed at instilling trust and personal identity for athletes with intellectual disabilities to be able and qualified to rely on themselves. Its programmes begin in February and ends in October, where a graduation ceremony will be held for the participants in the Academy.”
She added, “My colleague, Alice Ambusaidi, and I established this Academy to develop, enable and showcase the abilities and talents of these individuals. The programme targets 32 individuals over the age of 18, and one of its most important components is the inclusion of people with intellectual disability within the society.”
“We are seeking to train and qualify athletes through many training programmes in cooperation with a range of support agencies in the field of human resource development,” mentioned Alice, head of the Leadership Development Team in SOO.
The programme consists of numerous places, such as leadership, entrepreneurship, art, photography and correct nutrition. Activities also contain visits to the Royal Opera House Muscat, and Ramadan evenings and a trip to Jebel Akhdar.
The Academy consists of numerous places, such as leadership, entrepreneurship, art, photography and correct nutrition. Activities also contain visits to the Royal Opera House Muscat, and Ramadan evenings, as effectively as a trip to Jebel Akhdar. The Academy is sponsored by Oman Oil Company, Petroleum Development of Oman, and Oman LNG.
Dr Lamya added, “The programme also aims to develop leadership and character building skills for athletes, and enable self-reliance in problem solving, decision-making, love for knowledge, acquisition of new talents, communication skills, teamwork, planning and instilling self-confidence.”
Alice added, “Some members of the community, unfortunately, still look at athletes with intellectual disabilities as being unable while others do not accept them altogether.”
Athletes will be honoured on the Omani Youth Day, on October 26.
Information Source: Muscat Daily