7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Overcoming learning difficulties

THE latest developments in tackling dyslexia in schools and universities will be the focus of a three-day conference to be held next month at the Royal University for Women in Riffa.

The conference will feature speakers from the US, UK and GCC states, who will be sharing their expertise in the assessment, intervention and education of dyslexic children.

The event will be held from May 1 held under the patronage of Social Development Minister Dr Fatima Al Balooshi.

The keynote speaker will be Dyslexia Scotland president and three times World Motor Racing champion Sir Jackie Stewart. Sir Jackie, a motivational speaker, will discuss school-life experiences from his perspective as a person with dyslexia.

He has been instrumental in developing UK government policies to ensure early identification of dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

Other speakers include visually impaired consultant for educational affairs from Saudi's education ministry, Dr Nasser Abdulla Al Mosa, University of Portsmouth and Down Syndrome Educational Trust professor Sue Buckley, Kuwait Dyslexia Association chairman Mohammed Al Qatami, American University of Beirut (AUB) education department faculty Dr Samar Habib Mukallid, Scottish government Support for Learning Division head Dr Mike Gibson and University of Aberdeen's School of Education head Dr Myra Pearson, California State University's San Marcos College of Education professor Jacqueline Thousand.

Post conference workshop will be held on May 3 from 9am to 3pm in English and from 4pm to 9pm in Arabic, where participants will learn about strategies related to curriculum development and the process of learning.

Last date for registration is April 15 and cost for a group of five or more is BD70 per person and for students BD40, including coffee breaks and lunches.

Individual fee after April 15 is BD95.

For enquiries and registration, call Sameeneh Shirazie on 36477656 for English speakers or Dana Ateeq on 39342907 for Arabic speakers from 8.30am to 6pm. For more information, visit

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