The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuwaiti Women’s Voluntary Society for Community Service, Sheikha Fadia Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, announced the launch of a donation campaign to support students of undetermined nationalities to provide tablets, computers and others to facilitate the remote study process in light of the repercussions the world is witnessing of the emerging corona virus.
Sheikha Fadia Al-Sabah said in her speech during the symposium “Educational proposals to save Bidun children in Kuwait with the Corona pandemic” Covid 19 “, which the association is holding in cooperation with the Al-Saad Foundation for Knowledge and Scientific Research yesterday, Wednesday, that the association looks at this issue from a humanitarian standpoint, far from any political and other aspects.
She pointed out that this group will have social, economic and security impacts and repercussions on society unless the educational environment is provided for them, noting that the donation campaign aims to help students and facilitate them and create conditions that allow them to actively participate in distance education.
She explained that the campaign targets students who are financially distressed, pointing out that there is a large number of students who do not possess the means or the necessary equipment and requirements for distance education, so serious thinking was to help that group, confirming the association’s keenness to launch initiatives that serve the Kuwaiti society in general.
She said that the issue of education is one of the issues of great importance and everyone should contribute to overcoming the difficulties of distance education in light of what the Corona pandemic imposed on the world, including Kuwait, pointing out that the symposium sheds light on the proposals of people in the field for the success of the distance education process and how to overcome the difficulties that may be Facing it.
She indicated that Kuwait is always proactive in launching humanitarian initiatives, but what is required is sustainability and teamwork for the success of any initiative that goes in this direction.
For her part, Assistant Professor at the College of Education at Kuwait University, Dr. Leila Al-Khayyat, said that the seminar focuses on all practical educational recommendations to save the education of children in general and Bidoon children, especially in the Corona pandemic and the time of distance education.
In turn, a member of the faculty at the College of Education at Kuwait University, Dr. Abdullah Al-Failakawi, reviewed a number of successful experiences in distance education around the world, pointing out that the education process continues and needs interactive programs and classes and the contribution of everyone, calling for the launch of a free distance education platform to support Bidun students.
For his part, the educational advisor at the Kafaat Center for Educational Consulting, Massad Al-Khaldi, said that education is one of the basics of human rights, stressing that Kuwait has not failed to educate Bidun children, but that distance education has imposed obstacles to that group in light of the digital divide.
He said that there are many children who do not possess the means of modern technology, and that civil society institutions, the private sector and telecommunications companies must play their societal role in providing these means so that we can access the digital contract and keep pace with development.
For his part, the head of the history and geography department of the secondary stage in the Ministry of Education, Badr bin Ghaith, said that there is a set of values that the child must obtain from his childhood, otherwise he will be a victim in his society, stressing that childhood is one of the most important stages in which a person must learn and stressed the importance of technology in The current time for the continuity of the study process, pointing out the necessity for the Ministry of Education to create a free educational electronic platform that works throughout the year through which students are trained in scientific and life skills.
In turn, the specialist in early education d. Al-Mashaan declared that it is not permissible for us in the twenty-first century to maintain racism with regard to education, pointing out that any child born on the land of Kuwait has the right to education, regardless of his nationality.
She said that the age group from 3 to 6 years is the group most in need of social and emotional interaction, motor communication and mental stimulation, and therefore these things must be provided for all children without exception.
She pointed out that during this age period, the child’s executive functions must be revived, such as teaching him how to control his emotions, how to deal with others, address his problems, and activate practical memory and flexibility in work and thinking.
She pointed out that if these matters are not provided to the child at an early age, then he will turn into a dangerous individual or victim to society.
For her part, the specialist in pedagogy d. Mona Al-Qattan on the category of Bidun children who do not receive education, pointing out that they are elements of this society and the returns, whether negative or positive, of how to deal with them will accrue to society.
She pointed out that dealing with this group has several aspects, including psychological, as he will feel the interest of society in him and thus feel his humanity, which will positively affect the values of loyalty and belonging to him.
She pointed out that the feeling of belonging limits crime and social problems, and that from the educational point of view, it acquires a number of moral values, which are brought up on them and are reflected positively on society.
In turn, the director of Fatima Bint Al-Yaman School in the Hawalli Educational Zone, Wafa Al-Urayer, proposed the introduction of a health security educational card for Bidun children with security restrictions, to be evaluated every two years, allowing the child to receive education, health and security care.
For her part, the advisor in educational supervision, Manayer Al-Hamdi, said that there is an objection to asynchronous education, which is considered ineffective because it is not possible through it to measure, follow up and interact, so what about children who do not receive an education at all?
She pointed out that the state is currently directing to implement the 2035 development plan and that Kuwait be a financial and economic center that needs an integrated society in which education is a right for everyone without discrimination.
In turn, the children’s coach, the local coordinator of UNESCO, Aisha Al-Ayyaf, stressed the importance of the continuity of the education process for the child and the mother, stressing the need to ensure quality and equitable education for all without exception.
She pointed out that what is important in providing education to children who are deprived of it first is to focus on interactive education and on life skills before scientific skills, and that the guardian is in contact with the teacher and allocates one teacher to each group who continues to teach it, which creates good communication between the teacher and the learner.