The Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) published the interview conducted with the KDA Vice Chairman, Professor Mohammed Al-Qatami, on Saturday, January 28, 2017, about dyslexia in Kuwait… the related problems and solutions.
Professor Al-Qatamispoke about his personal experience with this disorderas a Kuwaiti father who took years of research, during which he traveled the world to learn about the situation his son is suffering from, and how this experience turned into a community effort highlighting the point on dyslexia.
He said through the interview, that the Kuwait Dyslexia Association is the first of its kind at the level of the Arab nation,and has until now been able to cover the required needs for different ages, and has made great strides in the therapeutic interventions whether locally or globally.
He explained that the KDA conducted a global survey of the latest methods and global tools used in the detection of dyslexia, and they reached and implemented the most important ones.
Professor Al-Qatamiadded that the KDA, from its partmade a survey for children who suffer from dyslexia in Kuwait.The number that was screened reached more than 30 thousand pupils;the rate among males was about 12%, while for females it was about 10%, with3.6% as a total rate of the total study sample.
And those results have put the decision-makers in Kuwait in front of national challenges facing this kind of learning difficulties, especially after the completion of the surveyedschools, which are 650 public schools in various school districts.
He disclosed that the KDA is the first non-academic body who signed a memorandum of understanding with the Faculty of Education at the Kuwait University due to its leading experiencein this field; for the development of the college curriculum to meet the Ministry of Education needs of qualified teachers to detect cases of dyslexia.
He continued that the KDA has also surveyed eight schools for the Ministry ofInterior, pointing out that the results showed that the rates are higher than in the schools of the Ministry of Education, reaching around 21%, which requires a special effort for a therapeutic intervention.
He also added that the KDA is cooperating with the Ministry of Health to inspectdyslexia and take advantage of the scientific development, as well as the existence of indirect cooperation with the General Secretariat for Planning to support the association’s activities, through the support of the projects carried out in collaboration with the United Nations.
Al-Watan newspaper, quoting (KUNA), has published the interview in the Local column.