Hanan 2011 Project
Hanan 2009 Project
Universidad Europea de Madrid students collaborate with disabled children from Morocco
Some 15 students from the School of Sports Science at Universidad Europea de Madrid traveled on April 5, 2009 to Tetuán (Morocco) to collaborate and carry out an internship with two local institutions, the Hanan Association and the Taha Hussein Regional Institute of Disabled Persons, to work to improve the health and quality of life of children with disabilities (Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Vision Impairments, Blindness or Deafness). This activity took place in the framework of the "Hanan 2009" project, an initiative that Universidad Europea de Madrid has been developing for several years.
“Through different activities, such as controlled exercise games in a swimming pool, children with different disabilities greatly improve their social, intellectual and physical abilities", explains Dr. Juan Enrique Vázquez Menlle, Chair of "Hanan 2009" and professor of Sports Science for people with disabilities at Universidad Europea de Madrid.
The work UEM students’ carry out here has two key objectives: “to collaborate in the implementation and adaptation of the Curricular Design of the Physical Education Department in the development of an early stimulation program”. In addition, “they learn to live among our neighbors who have such a different culture. This is something that everyone should do: make an effort to eliminate stereotypes and work towards living in harmony”. These are the same values found in sports themselves.
In addition to the education and collaboration on the part of the students, Universidad Europea de Madrid collaborates on the “Hanan 2009” project with regular financial contributions and donations of material and equipment (IT equipment, hygiene products, sports equipment, etc.).
Dr. Juan Enrique Vázquez Menlle (left) together with the Arabic professor and some members of the group of UEM students involved in the Hanan 2009 Project.