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Ibrahim al-Kholy, an Egyptian who was born with Down syndrome, was appointed as a teaching assistant in the University of Canada in Egypt’s Mass Communication, Radio and Television department.   The 24-year-old fresh graduate launched his academic career this October in the same university, where he also received his bachelor’s degree. “The University of Canada in Egypt, led by its President Mhamoud Abo Elnasr and the whole board, are the pioneers who first implemented the inclusion system in university faculties,” Kholy stated during his interview on Al Ghad (Tomorrow) TV. Kholy further pointed out that there is a special system customized for students with disabilities that has been implemented across the university’s faculties. “Under the same system, I was appointed as a teaching assistant,” he mentioned, also paying tribute to all the support he received over his past years in the university. Kholy said he chose the department of mass communication due his deep love and enthusiasm for the camera, editing, lighting and more. “My dream is to become a TV presenter,” he stated. Kholy’s mother said in the same interview that 24 years ago, it was generally believed that people with disabilities will never accomplish anything. However, she strongly believes that her son’s future will be crowned with numerous achievements. Besides his  eagerness  to carve out a promising career, the newly hired TA is also a sports champ who is currently representing Egypt at a tennis championship in Brisbane, Australia. Kholy started his sports career at an early age and earned second place in his first international sports championship, which was held in Italy in 2008 when he was 13. This year a significant joint collaboration was launched between Orascom, the  European Union  and UNICEF. The collaborative forum was titled “Empowering inclusion of the differently abled” and was attended by representatives from Egypt’s private and governmental sectors. The forum discussed the importance of issuing legislation that secures the inclusion people with disabilities in varied vocational sectors. Similarly, for the first time in Egypt and the Arab world, the “UN-ARTS” committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Egypt selected Egyptian swimmer Mohamed al-Husseini, born with Down syndrome, as the committee ’ s official spokesperson in Egypt and abroad, according to a prior official statement from UN-ARTS, in June 2019. Photo credit: Scoop Empire
Heba Atef became the first-ever Egyptian flight attendant with Down syndrome to embark on a special flight from Cairo to Khartoum entitled “The Journey of Humanity,” starting on Saturday, November 30 and lasting until Thursday, December 5.   Atef, a student at the Arab Open University in Egypt (AOU), accompanied a group of passengers with special needs alongside their families during the journey. In collaboration with the Badr Aviation Company and Smart Mind Training Center in Khartoum, the remarkable “Journey of Humanity” took place under the sponsorship of the UN International Committee and was specifically tailored for people with special needs. The trip headed to Sudan to attend several workshops supporting participants with special needs. A flight attendant’s uniform was customized especially for Atef, according to her mother, with Atef asserting that the experience did not frighten her, Hon News outlet reported. A previous interview with Atef on OnE Channel revealed that she has overcome a number of challenges, especially in 2011, when she was diagnosed with blood cancer. However, Atef fought the disease courageously, winning her battle with cancer after five grueling years.  Atef was also persistent in completing her education despite her illness, discovering after attending university that she was the only student with Down syndrome in her classes, according to the same interview.  No challenge is too big for Atef, however, who joined the department of Radio and Television at her university, launching her career as a TV presenter. She presented at the Bokra Ahla (Tomorrow is Better) Conference addressing people with special needs and has been honored by Rotary Port Said and 57357 Hospital as well.  Meanwhile, Atef’s passions are diverse, citing an interest in music as well as drawing and painting. Remarkably, she was invited by the UN’s cultural committee alongside the Belgium Embassy in Cairo to showcase her painting in a ceremony celebrating various art works by contemporary artists. Atef was honored at that event, with 17 people form countries around the world signing her painting.  Atef also met Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi alongside Egyptian Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem at the opening of the 2019 Cairo International Book Fair, where she participated in several activities focused on art.   Atef is known for motivational quote that reads: “We teach people love and a desire to be alive — we are here to put smiles on people’s faces and give them hope.” Back in June, the “UN-ARTS” committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Egypt selected Egyptian swimmer Mohamed al-Husseini, who was born with down syndrome, as the committee’s official spokesperson in Egypt as well as abroad. In October 2018, Ibrahim al-Kholy, another Egyptian born with down syndrome, was appointed as a teaching assistant at the University of Canada in Egypt’s Mass Communication, Radio and Television department. Meanwhile, a significant joint collaboration project was launched this year between Orascom, the  European Union  and UNICEF. The collaborative forum was entitled “Empowering inclusion of the differently-abled” and was attended by representatives from Egypt’s private and governmental sectors. The forum discussed the importance of issuing legislation that secures the inclusion of people with disabilities across various vocational sectors. A newly released report by UNDP indicates that there are nearly 12 million people with special needs in Egypt. Photo credit: Women Of Egypt
In this day and age, lots of people have the habit of going cafe-hopping during the weekends to look for good coffee and pastries. Well, we have one place to recommend to you! Located at Sungai Petani, Kedah, this cafe is run by children with special needs! They bake the bread themselves and at the same time, they make the coffee too! This cafe is at the  PEKAKA centre  in Sungai Petani. PEKAKA (Parents’ Support Group for Children with Special Needs) is a society that focuses on providing assistance to special children in acquiring quality education. The cafe was set up by the head of the Sungai Petani PEKAKA branch, Mdm. Chen Mei Zhen. She set up this cafe with the mindset of letting the children gain the first-hand experience in working, communicating with the public and earning their own pocket money! “I have been told by some people that special children are people that were forgotten by God but I think that they are all incarnations of angels.” She added that the life of a special child is not easy as they were born with physical and mental defects which in turn leads them to be ostracised by society. Their learning ability is lower than an average child and for them to really learn, they need more patience and attention from teachers. With Pekaka, they prepare children with special needs to attend normal schools by providing the necessary skills through an early intervention programme. Other than that, they are also organising culinary and baking workshops for teens with special needs.  The teens learn how to bake bread from a Japanese baker named Mina, and they will sell the bread for a small amount of money in their cafe. Do take note that the cafe  only opens on Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm ! Mina can speak Mandarin and she has said that the special children come to her baking classes accompanied by their parents. She said they picked up baking quite fast and were soon making delicious bread. Customers from all over have given this cafe very  good reviews , and said that it’s the perfect place to chill with a cup of coffee and fragrant, fluffy bread. Yu Zhi Wei, a 20-year-old with special needs, has said that he took 2 months to make coffee and 4 months to learn basic coffee art! He is grateful towards his teacher who taught him patiently and never gave up on him. He says proudly, “We have three people here who can make coffee, but I am mainly responsible for it.” His dream is to open up a restaurant that can make guests happy. Share Tweet   Like us on Facebook for great stories daily!     Tap to listen to this article instead:   🔊 Listen to Post In this day and age, lots of people have the habit of going cafe-hopping during the weekends to look for good coffee and pastries. Well, we have one place to recommend to you! Source:  SinChew Daily Located at Sungai Petani, Kedah, this cafe is run by children with special needs! They bake the bread themselves and at the same time, they make the coffee too! This cafe is at the  PEKAKA centre  in Sungai Petani. PEKAKA (Parents’ Support Group for Children with Special Needs) is a society that focuses on providing assistance to special children in acquiring quality education.     The cafe was set up by the head of the Sungai Petani PEKAKA branch, Mdm. Chen Mei Zhen. She set up this cafe with the mindset of letting the children gain the first-hand experience in working, communicating with the public and earning their own pocket money!   ADVERTISING Source:  Facebook Source:  Facebook She told  Sinchew Daily , “I have been told by some people that special children are people that were forgotten by God but I think that they are all incarnations of angels.” She added that the life of a special child is not easy as they were born with physical and mental defects which in turn leads them to be ostracised by society. Their learning ability is lower than an average child and for them to really learn, they need more patience and attention from teachers. Source:  SinChew Daily With Pekaka, they prepare children with special needs to attend normal schools by providing the necessary skills through an early intervention programme. Other than that, they are also organising culinary and baking workshops for teens with special needs.  The teens learn how to bake bread from a Japanese baker named Mina, and they will sell the bread for a small amount of money in their cafe. Do take note that the cafe  only opens on Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm ! Mina can speak Mandarin and she has said that the special children come to her baking classes accompanied by their parents. She said they picked up baking quite fast and were soon making delicious bread. Source:  SinChew Daily Customers from all over have given this cafe very  good reviews , and said that it’s the perfect place to chill with a cup of coffee and fragrant, fluffy bread. Yu Zhi Wei, a 20-year-old with special needs, has said that he took 2 months to make coffee and 4 months to learn basic coffee art! He is grateful towards his teacher who taught him patiently and never gave up on him. He says proudly, “We have three people here who can make coffee, but I am mainly responsible for it.” His dream is to open up a restaurant that can make guests happy. The address of the cafe is as follows:  No442,  Jalan Zamrud 11, Taman Pekan Baru, 08000, Sungai Petani, Kedah   That is certainly a very good concept and if you’re in Sungai Petani area, why not give them a visit? I’m sure they’ll be ecstatic to meet someone new!  
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