Tatweer Holding Company To Work With Perkins School for the Blind

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THC signs MoU with Perkins, renowned American expert in blindness education for 186 years

Tatweer Partners with Perkins

Dorothy Fitzmaurice, Director of International Resource Development for Perkins, joined Dr. Saud Abdullah Ben Khudair, CEO of THC to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in May at THC in Riyadh.

According to Dr. Saud Abdullah Ben Khudair, CEO of THC, the aim of the new initiative is to support special education programs of the Kingdom’s Ministry of Education.

In keeping with the special education goals and strategies of the Tatweer Education Holding Company (THC) and with the direction and guidance of Dr. Azzam bin Mohammed Al-Dakhil, Minister of Education in Saudi Arabia, THC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Perkins School for the Blind of Watertown, Massachusetts, USA.

A strategic investment company headquartered in Riyadh, THC provides core and support educational services. It was established by Royal Decree from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

This investment launches the first national training program for teachers who educate children who are blind or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The program targets as many as 90 educators and administrators in the Kingdom. In addition, 20 top professionals from Saudi Arabia will participate in a hands-on training experience on the Perkins campus in Massachusetts, USA.

According to Dr. Saud Abdullah Ben Khudair, CEO of THC, the aim of the new initiative is to support special education programs of the Kingdom’s Ministry of Education. The company expects to conduct these training courses throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Perkins School for the Blind President and CEO Dave Power notes that working in cooperation with THC will enhance the expertise of educators in the Kingdom and, by extension, build greater opportunities for the children they teach. Perkins has a decades-long history of training teachers around the world, and each year welcomes leading educators to its campus for in-depth exchange of knowledge and techniques to use in the classroom. Worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates that 19 million children are visually impaired, almost half of whom have additional disabilities.

Dr. Bin Khudair added that an important goal of the plan is to raise the bar for educators who teach children who are blind, deafblind and blind children with multi-disabilities. The trainings will enable teachers to reach this group of children using the best teaching practices. The ultimate goal is to empower students with life skills to free them from isolation so they can take part in society.

About THC
Tatweer Education Holding Company is a strategic investment company. It was established in accordance with a Royal Decree from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

The purposes of THC include provision of core and support educational services, development, establishment, acquisition, operation and maintenance of educational projects, and execution of related works and activities. THC is tasked with implementation of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Project for Development of Public Education and any additional educational programs. It is given the right to invest in and profit from a broad spectrum of core as well as support educational services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad.

About Perkins
Perkins School for the Blind is committed to improving the lives of people worldwide who are blind or deafblind through five operating groups: Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins Library, Perkins Solutions, Perkins eLearning and Perkins International. Perkins’ mission has been driven by expertise and the pursuit of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1829. Learn more at http://www.Perkins.org

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