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Students graduate from course on robotics for hearing impaired

May 20, 2010 1:05 P.M. (Updated: May 20, 2010 6:13 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Project Hope, a voluntary youth and culture organization in Nablus, held a graduation celebration and ceremony for 16 students who participated in a robotics course for the hearing impaired, a statement read Thursday.

The course was arranged by Project Hope for students from a local school for visually and hearing impaired students, and focused on the design and creation of robots using recycled electronics. The course was organized in conjunction with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and held at their center in Nablus.

The Director of Project Hope, AbdulHakim Sabbah, as well as Project Hope activities coordinator Marouf Rabba’, along with the executive director of the PRCS, attended the ceremony and distributed certificates.

The course trained students on how to make robots using recycled plastics, paper and other material. "Therefore, this course not only imparted technological training, but also instilled the spirit of environmentalism in the students, teaching them that left over parts can be reused in constructive ways rather than simply being thrown away and harm the environment," the statement read.

The program was a joint effort between the NGO, the PRCS, as well as a science teacher, sign language translator and social instructor from the school.

Project Hope regularly cooperates with local schools and community organization in order to provide educational opportunities and recreational relief to disadvantaged Palestinian youth. Likewise, the PRCS in Nablus adopts extracurricular rehabilitation and training programs as well as academic educational curricula in its annual plan for the students in the rehabilitation centers.

"Part of these programs include empowerment programs for the hearing impaired and disabled, allowing challenged students to acquire the professional skills which enable self-sufficient," the statement said.

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