Encouraging church and community leaders to be active on special needs issues is one of the aims of the sixth National Day for Students with Learning Difficulties, being held by SKILD in conjunction with the British Council and the Ministry of Education on 22 April.
SKILD have organized training events across Lebanon for Sunday School teachers in April, May, and June. Sessions at these workshops will look at topics including ‘respecting diversity’, ‘understanding emotions’, and ‘initiatives in your church’. The workshops were requested by church leaders following the launch last year of SKILD’s Diversity: Scientific Knowledge and Spiritual Message resource by our publishing house on how the Church can embrace and include special needs children. SKILD director Hiba Al Jamal thinks it’s important that churches and other community leaders address the issue.
“Our mission at SKILD is to reach out to those marginalized kids wherever they are,” she says. “After the school, the Church is the second institution to host children, so reaching out to their leaders was our goal so that we continue the awareness to all our community stakeholders.”