Celebrating the day of the handicapped at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

15-12-2011 09:04 AM

Samira al-Mazahy


The Children’s, Young Peoples’ and Taha Hussein for Visually Impaired specialised libraries of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) organised a special day of multi-activities on Wednesday 3 December on the occasion of the International Day of Disabled Persons. Cairo Governor Abdel-Azim Wazir took part in the event which was attended by a number of organisations and schools for children with special needs. Some 1500 handicapped children participated in various activities.

 

Director of the BA Ismail Seragaldin shared with the attendees his own personal experience—Serageldin’s wife is herself on a wheelchair—pointing out that many places and buildings in Egypt lack preparations to make them convenient for the use of handicapped people, thus adding to their disability in going about their daily business.

 

Also participating in the celebration were Sohair Wastawy, head of the library sector at the BA, and Nada Thabet chairman of the Village of Hope for persons with special needs. Both highlighted the importance of accepting and integrating such individuals in the community.

 

An exhibition was held showing arts and crafts created by children with special needs, as well as musical shows. These were especially lively and gained the admiration of all the attendants.

 

 

WATANI International

14 December 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

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