The academy aims to develop and reinforce expert capabilities for the inclusive group by supplying them with sensible and theoretical workshops and on-the-job instruction in cooperation with the private and public entities in Oman.
H E Dr Ma’awali mentioned, “There are people who are differently abled and need training to become producers and contributors to the development of the nation. This academy is an opportunity to have a partnership between the private sector and the government sector to help these people to become productive and self-reliant.”
Dr Lamya Harub, co-founder of the academy mentioned, “The Omani Academy for Special Skills is the first inclusive training programme in Oman that includes an integrated group of people ranging from those with intellectual disabilities and others who are differently abled.”
She added, “The academy aims to build and reinforce professional capabilities for this inclusive group by providing them with practical and theoretical workshops as well as conducting internships and on-the-job training in cooperation with the private and public entities in the sultanate.”
Ali bin Abdullah Yousif, chairman of the Board of Directors of Oman Down Syndrome Association, explained that the academy for particular expertise is divided into 5 semesters along two years (2019–20).
He mentioned, “The comprehensive programme includes a foundation course (theoretical and practical skills acquired) through workshops on innovation and entrepreneurship, arts, craftsmanship, Artificial Intelligence, first aid, and many others, during the first year. “In the second year, the programme focuses on on-the-job training. The internship that the students were placed in will be based on the evaluation results from the workshops they took part in.”
Miad al Hinai, student supervisor in the Academy for Special Skills, mentioned, “At the end of each workshop, the academy will be evaluating the students to ascertain their level, track their development, measure their strengths and weaknesses, and explore their inhibited talents. As a result, a suitable on-the-job training placement will be identified to build upon the students’ professional skills.”
Alice Ambusaidi, co-founder of the academy, mentioned that the academy is functioning to get expert accreditation.
Information Source: Muscat Daily