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Athena special education school to open in September

MANAMA, April 21, 2019

Athena Private School for Special Education, a new school in Bahrain for children with learning difficulties, will open its doors in September.

Located along King Faisal Highway, the school is built on a 6,000-sq-m area that features over 100 educational rooms, boarding rooms, play area, as well as lounges. The spacious school can house up to 1,455 students.

“We know our children” is the philosophy that guides Athena, which promises a more relevant approach on special education that will develop every child’s love for learning but most importantly preparing them to lead an independent life after school, said a statement.

“We will focus on developing every child’s body and mind,” said Peter Dunne, school director. Offering services of speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and school nurse, the school will cater to children with moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, and complex learning difficulties. 

Athena welcomes children aged 3 to 5 years for Pre-School, 6 to 9 years for Lower School, 10 to 13 years in Middle School, 14 to 16 years in Upper School, and 16 to 18 for the post-16 phase.  

The curriculum is no different from other state schools, but what makes Athena different is the teaching approach where students will be taught in at the level of understanding and adjusted to their ability to learn, the statement said.

One of the highlights of Athena is the Post-16 Phase where it will focus on the application of all the knowledge the students have acquired to leading an independent life, or hope of paid or voluntary employment after school. Part of this programme is developing their money management while working in Athena Café and Athena Thrift Shop, it said.

The school is envisioned and put into reality by   Dr Amable R Aguiluz V, chairman of the board; Dr Amable C Aguiluz IX, vice-chairman of the board; Marietta Sicat, area director; and Peter Dunne, school director.  The school has been approved by the Ministry of Education, the statement said.  –TradeArabia News Service



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