Aysha Obaid Ibrahim Maleih browses a mobile device at her residence in Sharjah.
Mervat Al Khateeb, Staff Reporter
There is no doubting the fact that normal life has turned turtle due to the coronavirus. Among its many consequences, it has irritated many who are confined to their homes, put curbs on social interaction, led to mental health issues, thrown enterprise out of gear, and nixed travel and holiday plans. However, few people, like senior Emirati lady Aysha Obaid Ibrahim Maleih, can turn a crisis into an advantage. Aysha, who is over 60 years old, like many of her peers, has successfully challenged the coronavirus, thanks to her love for education and services of Sharjah Education Council.
Circumstances like marriage, childbearing, and home responsibilities prevented Aysha from going to school and learning during her childhood and youth years. But, she remained hopeful.
She finally got an opportunity to fulfil her dream when she joined Al Noor Centre of the Sharjah Education Council, which provides education services for citizens and (some) female residents to eradicate illiteracy.
Aysha joined regular classes at the centre, which also provides buses, books and school supplies for all. This experience made her very happy, as she began reading and learning mathematics, and most importantly, perusing the Holy Qur’an.
When the coronavirus broke out, the centre stopped functioning for a short period like other regular schools. However, it later resumed with a suitable proposal for everyone, which is distant online education.
This put Aysha in a quandary, who was a stranger to the world of electronic communication. She felt her dream of reading and writing would be ruined. She did not know how to deal with the smart devices and complicated technologies used for distance learning. She hesitated a little but finally decided to give them a try.
“Keep trying and you will succeed,” Aysha happily tells Al Khaleej newspaper, a sister publication of Gulf Today, while talking about her experience, which has now opened new horizons for her. It has brought her closer to the new generation especially her grandchildren with whom she now communicates using smart devices because of the online distance learning.
Aysha Obaid has expressed her gratitude to His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah, UoS, on Monday inaugurated the 13th Annual Scientific Research Forum organised by the University under the theme, ‘Multidisciplinary Research to maximise Sustainable Impact” at Al Razi Hall in Medical and Health Sciences Colleges at University of Sharjah, UoS.
Dr. Rashad Salem, Vice Chancellor of Al Qasimia University, delivered a speech in which he thanked the Ruler of Sharjah on providing scholarships to students from various areas of the world to pursue their education in the the university.
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah (UoS), affirmed that the students are the pillar and foundation of the University of Sharjah for whom the university exploits all its potential and energies to build them scientifically and behaviourally.
Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, received a delegation from the United States Consulate in Dubai led by Consul General Philip Frayne during their visit to explore areas of cooperation with the University. Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Mechanical Engineering Professor, Co-Director of Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT in the US, and Member of the University of Sharjah’s Board of Trustees, attended the meeting along with Prof. Elsiddig Ahmed ElMustafa El Sheikh, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies; Dr Salah Taher, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs; and Prof. Abdul Sahib Mehdi, Acting Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science.
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