Princess Haya Award for Special Education (PHASE) in its fifth cycle announced a total of 191 nominations have been received this year from various special education centers in the UAE and Arab countries.
Consequently, the jury committee of the Award started the process of evaluation and arbitration of the received applications which varied in four main categories: Specialist Excellence, Institutional Excellence, Family Excellence and Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence. The four categories include special educators, therapist, administration and finance units, special needs centers, applied researches, initiatives, campaigns, distinguished board members, families of special needs child, CSR supporters and volunteers also 2have been included in the categories.
Dr. Ibtisam Al Bastaki, Head of Jury Committee of the Award, declared that the methodology used in the arbitration process preserve the credibility and transparency of the Award, adding that the final stage of the arbitration, is to meet in person with shortlisted candidates to learn about the performance and the extent of their eligibility for the award.
Dr. Al Bastaki recalls that the shortlisted special needs centers from the category of Institutional Excellence were from United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Jordan. Candidates/ Institutes from United Arab Emirates and GCC countries were shortlisted for the Applied Research, Fundraising campaigns, CSR Supporter (Public / Private) from United Arab Emirates. In the Specialist Excellence category candidates were shortlisted from United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Maldives. Families of special needs were shortlisted from United Arab Emirates.
Dr. Bastaki Head of jury committee mentioned that members of the jury committee consists of professionals in various areas of special education, management and quality assurance who has developed a set criteria to select eligible candidates for the award. Each application is reviewed by three jury members prior to shortlisting for the interview to select the winners. Following are the numbers of applications shortlisted in various categories;
Specialist Excellence: 9 Nos.
Institutional Excellence: 11 Nos.
Family Excellence: 2 Nos.
Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence: 16 Nos.