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NRC and ENS take first steps to implement “Fawasel”

Publish Date: 16-12-2014 | A- A A+

NRC and ENS take first steps to implement “Fawasel”

The National Rehabilitation Center (NRC) and Emirates National Schools (ENS) held their first working session to discuss the implementation of the “Fawasel” program. ENS and NRC signed an agreement last month, under the Auspices of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, to implement the “Fawasel” program, the all-encompassing ‘how-to’ life-skills program that explores physical education, health and diet, road safety, online safety, and the importance of giving back to the community.

The working session saw a discussion on the implementation of the program that aims to further develop the skills of students in four key categories: life skills and the prevention of risky behaviour, health and safety, mental health, and social responsibility.

The life skills training category will see sessions on strengthening ties between students and their families and teachers, training students on self-expression, in addition to equipping them with decision-making skills to empower them in the face of challenges such as substance use peer pressure.

The second category addresses healthy nutrition, dental hygiene, and the importance of regular exercise and traffic safety. This area will also l involve parents during the sessions on the safe use of social media.

In the third part of the program, NRC will conduct a psychological evaluation of the students, introduce them to the idea of mental health and stress management, in addition to introducing them to the negative effects of smoking. Teachers will also be trained to deal with the anger and stress among students.

The final part of the program will focus on providing students with opportunities to participate in a range of voluntary activities in the local community. NRC and ENS stressed that the active participation of parents is one of the most critical factors to the success of the program.

H.E. Dr. Hamad Ghaferi, Director General of the National Rehabilitation Center said: "Realizing the importance of contributing to the building of our nation’s future generation, we’ve started taking active steps towards bringing this partnership with ENS to life. We are proud of this partnership with ENS, who is playing a pioneering role in the implementation of this one-of-a-kind global program that was tailor made for the UAE. Being the most influential figures in their children’s life, we urge parents to participate in this program as they are the guardians responsible for the upbringing of the tomorrow’s leaders.”

Dr. Kenneth Vedra, Director General of the Emirates National schools commented on this occasion: “ We are pleased to start the implementation of Fawasel program in coordination with the National Rehabilitation center, as this is a great opportunity for us to work with our kids in a preventive measure on a program, first of its kind, which will help us maintain focus on our families and students healthy growth.”

Dr. Kenneth Vedra added that the partnership between Emirates National Schools and NRC offers a variety of activities to support the educational process in schools. NRC also works on involving Emirates National Schools’ students through providing them with opportunities to participate in a number of social awareness programs.

Prior to the program’s implementation, NRC held a three-day workshop presented by Daniel Bilu, lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), and founder of the European version of Unplugged program. Faculty members at the Emirates National Schools attended the workshops with the aim to train them on applying the program at schools.

Prof. Daniel Bilu, said: “Applying such awareness programs is a milestone toward developing the ‎character structure of students who belong to this important age group. The overall benefit of the program that students will gain is one of its constituents and reasons of success. By increasing their self-confidence and improving their life skills, the program will not only able to raise awareness on substance abuse among students but also get them prepared to meet all challenges they may face, especially in the social media era.”

Emirates National Schools (ENS) was established by MoPA and first opened its doors in 2002 in Mohammed Bin Zayed City. Its schools currently consist of three campuses, Mohammed Bin Zayed City Campus, Al Ain City Campus and Abu Dhabi City Campus. Starting the 2014-15 school year, ENS had 6,300 students enrolled across its three campuses, for kids kindergarten to grade 12. ENS offers an American-based curriculum, while its programs are based on the educational requirements prescribed by the UAE Ministry of Education for Arabic, Islamic and UAE Studies.

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