Z-Corp sets up specially designed classroom for Al Aman Rehabilitation Centre
Monday, December 21, 2020

Within the framework of strengthening community partnership, The Zubair Corporation (Z-Corp) has set up a specially designed classroom for Ministry of Social Development's Al Aman Rehabilitation Centre with educational tools to help fulfil centre's keenness and objective to integrate children with special needs within the local community. The special classroom has been created based on Montessori method of education that involves child-led activities classrooms with children of varying ages and teachers who encourage independence among their students. The key corners of learning in the Montessori inspired classroom includes practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, and culture.
 
The special classroom was opened by His Excellency Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Shamsi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Development at an event that was attended by Ziyad Al Zubair, Director of The Zubair Corporation (Z-Corp), collaboration team, director and teachers of Al Aman Rehabilitation Centre.
 
Speaking on the occasion His Excellency said, “The ministry always welcomes initiatives of the private sector that share its goals with the ministry's goals and coordinates its vision of community service with the ministry's vision and strategy.”
 
He added, " Today's initiative to establish a special hall for children with special needs comes within a series of initiatives established by the Zubair Corporation in cooperation with the ministry’s centres. We appreciate this cooperation and partnership with Zubair Corporation and look forward to further cooperation and partnership between the two sectors."
 
Ziyad Al Zubair, Director of The Zubair Corporation (Z-Corp) said, “The centre offers children with tools to complement their strengths and better their life. Disabilities may come in different forms, but all students are alike and need a nurturing community to develop their careers. Therefore, to support the magnificent work done by Al Aman Rehabilitation Centre for the children and their families we constructed a special room with educational tools to help fulfil centre's objectives. We are honoured to support Al Aman Rehabilitation Centre which has been doing wonderful work in assisting children. They have been bolstering the capacity of families to cope with raising children with development challenges.”
 
Al Aman Rehabilitation Centre provides several therapeutic services including social, health and psychologist services aimed at integrating children with physical, mental, and partial disabilities into mainstream society. The centre also regularly conducts programmes to raise awareness on disability issues.
 
Dr Nadia bint Ali Al Ajmi, director of the Al Aman Rehabilitation Centre said, “The Centre’s main aim is to provide quality services in a very friendly environment to help these children to gain significant functional potential. Success in education may look vastly different for disabled children, but we believe the progress and achievement of all children must be valued equally and celebrated. We thank the Zubair Corporation for this thoughtfully designed classroom which offers children opportunities to develop their own capabilities. The classroom is filled with developmentally appropriate activities that encourage children to interact with specific learning materials. We are confident that the students at the centre will benefit immensely from classroom that has been designed as per the Montessori method.”
 
Corners of Montessori classrooms
Montessori classrooms strive to provide multi-layered sensory opportunities for children. The practical life corner is essential for a strong Montessori educational foundation. In this area a child is learning control of movement (fine motor skills), concentration span, self-confidence, and a love of learning. The activities in practical life are made up of familiar objects that a child would naturally see in everyday life. The sensorial area of the classroom helps children become more aware of smaller details that are often overlooked. Each sensorial activity focuses on one important quality such as colour, weight, shape, size, texture, sound or smell. The language corner of the Montessori classroom encourages development of early-literacy skills through the use of phonetic sounds. In the language area children are exposed to various types of phonetic awareness activities to build a strong literary foundation. The Mathematics area of the classroom encompasses the use of concrete materials for the recognition of numbers and the recognition of quantity as well.  The Culture area of the classroom encompasses a variety of subjects that are supplementary to the Montessori method. This corner provides children an opportunity to explore their curiosity of different and worldly ideas.
 
The Zubair Corporation (Z-Corp)’s has been working very closely with Ministry of Social Development's Al Aman Rehabilitation Centre. With the guidance of late Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Hasani who was the Chief Operations Officer (COO) Z-Corp has collaborated on a lot of activities with the centre that has been lending yeoman service to children with physical, mental and partial disabilities.
 
Last year, Z-Corp’s ‘collaboration team’ celebrated Oman’s 49th National Day with the children of Al Aman Rehabilitation Centre by hosting celebrations that included entertainment and artistic programmes. In 2018 our collaboration organised an open day for the children at the centre to mark World Down Syndrome Day annually observed on March 21 to raise public awareness on Down Syndrome, a congenital disorder.



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