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Workshop in UAE informs deaf students about their rights

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A workshop organised  by the Child Safety Department (CSD) for deaf children and their teachers in a Sharjah school aimed to educate them about child rights, Zawya reports.

The workshop highlighted the participants’ rights guaranteed by the UAE Child Rights Law (Wadeema’s Law) with regard to the standard of living, access to health services and education they are entitled to.

The workshop included interactive competitions related to the topic and educated participants on ways they could report incidents of physical as well as verbal abuse. It also focused on implementation mechanisms and procedures that guide child protection laws, and highlighted the responsibilities of entities entrusted with it. Attendees gained insights into ways that the UAE’s child protection laws are aligned with international laws and agreements, and learnt about how stronger collaboration between the UAE and the family will enhance the protection of child rights.

Hanadi Saleh Al Yafei, Director of CSD, said: “This workshop is the first of its kind conducted by the department targeting children with disabilities. CSD believes that awareness efforts must include all segments of society. We are keen on educating this segment of society about their rights under local and international laws through similar activities in cooperation with Ministry of Community Development and other relevant entities to ensure that they gain the awareness to safeguard themselves against harm or abuse.”To conclude the workshop, a number of guidebooks detailing information and instructions with regards to the promotion of the rights of children, adolescents and youth, were distributed by the Ministry of Community Development.

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