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Deaf Unit: Integrating Academic and Professional Classes in the New Year
The Deaf Unit of the Episcopal/Anglican Church in Egypt held a meeting to evaluate the last academic year through the theory of swot analysis to indicate strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and to prepare and plan for the New Year 2021-2022, at the unit’s headquarters in Old Cairo.
Dr. Mary Ishak, director of the Deaf Unit, explained: It was decided to merge the schedule to include study materials and workshops together, and to add another hour so that the school day ends at 2:00 p.m. after it ended last year at 1:00 p.m.
The Deaf unit director added: The meeting also included setting plans for the unit’s professional workshops and artistic activities in terms of numbers, materials used, and products. This year, the unit provides new artistic activities for the student to choose from, including music, drawing, and theater, in addition to choosing between carpentry, sewing, seashell, tent, accessories, and origami workshops.
Mary confirmed: The meeting included developing a plan with the teachers for the new academic year in terms of preparing schedules for all stages and a plan for the use of illustrations in the classroom, distributing teachers to the different stages, and how to manage time, in addition to training the students’ families on sign language and the return of communication sessions while maintaining precautionary measures.
It is worth noting that the Deaf Unit was established in 1982 under the umbrella of the Episcopal/Anglican Church, and it was declared in Social Affairs No. 4014 of 1993.
The unit works on rehabilitating and educating the deaf and their families and supporting communication in sign language to ensure the improvement of the scientific, health, social and economic level, enabling them to be self-reliant and integrate into society through academic education, vocational training, activities, trips, and conferences.