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Thursday 7 March 2019

HRH Princess Lalla Meryem Chairs Celebration of 50th Founding Anniversary of 'Al Manar-Association of Mentally Disabled Persons'

HRH Princess Lalla Meryem Chairs Celebration of 50th Founding Anniversary of 'Al Manar-Association of Mentally Disabled Persons'

Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem chaired, Wednesday in Rabat, the celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of "Al Manar-Association of mentally disabled persons."

After reciting verses from the Holy Quran by a child from the center, director, founder of the Al Manar association Annie Lazrak highlighted, in a speech on this occasion, the efforts made by the center for 50 years, stressing that the association has succeeded in supporting children with disabilities and helping them to integrate into society, as well as qualifying them for professional integration.

She also lauded cooperation between the association's administration and the work team composed of professionals, academics and parents as well as the support of several companies for backing the children of the center and their integration into the labor market, noting that the association has enabled several mentally disabled children to continue their studies and integrate into society.

Afterwards, a film was screened retracing the 50th anniversary of the association, followed by a testimony from a young woman who had benefited in the past from the qualification services provided by the center and who had successfully entered the labor market.

For her part, Fouzia Azzouzi, vice-president of the national Union of associations working in the mental Disability (UNAHM), based at the Al Manar center, said that the Union is the result of an initiative by a number of associations working in the field of mental disability at the national level, aware of the importance of joint action in the associative fabric and convinced of the values of democracy and the principles of human rights.

She also noted that the Union has set certain goals, including the promotion of joint action to preserve the basic rights of people with disabilities, notably civil, political, economic, societal and cultural rights, the proposal of legislative texts to submit them to the parties concerned at governmental, constitutional and parliamentary level, as well as the monitoring of the implementation of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Subsequently, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem chaired the signing of two bilateral agreements of the association with the National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) and the National Agency for Employment and Skills Promotion (ANAPEC).

Her Royal Highness then toured the center’s premises and visited three active teaching classes and one class of ANAPEC educators before posing for a souvenir photo.

Upon her arrival at Al Manar center, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem reviewed a section of the auxiliary forces that made the honors and was greeted notably by the minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, the minister of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, the French ambassador to Morocco, the wali of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region and the wali, coordinator of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH).

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