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Diab: Students with learning difficulties should be integrated at school
Caretaker Education Minister Hassan Diab speaks during an interview in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
Caretaker Education Minister Hassan Diab speaks during an interview in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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BEIRUT: Caretaker Education Minister Hassan Diab emphasized Sunday the importance of early detection and public-school integration for children with learning difficulties. “The ministry attaches great importance to the early detection of learning difficulties to deal with every case individually,” the minister said, adding: “We are also prioritizing the integration of students with learning difficulties with their peers at public schools to allow them to live together a normal school life so that they will be prepared educationally, psychologically and socially for the future.”

Diab was speaking at the second conference arranged by DYS learning organization to discuss the needs of students with learning difficulties in the country’s public and private schools.

“We have taken considerable steps in taking care of the students with learning difficulties and special needs, and we have included them in our rescue plan,” Diab continued.

“The time is ripe for public institutions to step in and take part in handling this issue and work alongside the private sector in shouldering this social responsibility,” he added.

Also addressing the conference, Amani Jurdi, head of DYS, pointed out that “there is creativity within the children who suffer from learning disabilities ... and so we need them as much as they need us.

“Providing a creative environment starts with the family, and continues with the school. Children are born with their own skills and unveiling their creative side is left afterward to adults,” she said, adding that for creative capability to grow two conditions are necessary: “psychological security and psychological freedom.”

“Intellectual creativity skills are trainable and the teacher has an essential role in developing children, who are considered the fathers of creativity.”

Jurdi also announced that DYS would launch a website where scholars, teachers and professors would be able to publish their research on learning disabilities.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 22, 2013, on page 4.
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