Autism association launches training programme for teachers

The Maldives Autism Association (MAA) has launched a special programme to train teachers of children with special needs, reports newspaper Haveeru.

MAA Managing Director Ifham Hussan told the local daily that 40 teachers are participating in the four-day course at the social centre. Training is being conducted by two experts from Malaysia and Singapore, she added.

“We are not going to be covering modules on autism only in this programme, we will try and cover all the areas relative to children with all kinds of disabilities. By the time the training draws to a close, the participants will know how to manage such children within classrooms,” she was quoted as saying.

The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives’ ‘National Inquiry on Access to Education for Children with Disabilities’ earlier this year documented systemic failings in the education system.

The autism association is a founding member of the recently established Child Advocacy Network of Disability Organisations (CAN DO), designed to protect and promote the rights and well-being of children with disabilities.


Four Maldivian children win medals at Special Olympics

Maldivian children with special needs who competed in the Special Olympics in Greece this year have won three gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal.

All four Maldivians, three boys and one girl, won medals in their events.

Mohamed Mustafa Ahmed, adult attendant of the athletes in Greece, told newspaper Haveeru yesterday that he was very pleased with the success as this was the first time Maldivians with special needs had taken part in the Special Olympics.

“This goes to show that such children can be part of society and participate in sports like other children,” he said.