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King opens new deaf institute premises.

His Majesty King Abdullah II today opened the new premises of the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt which serves as a vocational training facility for female students.

Founded in 1964 in Salt west of Amman as a non-profit foundation, the institute offers various forms of care for people with hearing impairment, including education, rehabilitation and accommodation. It serves approximately 155 male and female students from 6 years of age up to 18.

During a tour of the new premises, built by a local donor, His Majesty was briefed on handicraft, textile, embroidery and ornament workshops as well as a showroom for products made by students.

According to the institute's director, Iyad Sweiss, the workshops were for training female students to enable them to find jobs after their graduation and integration in the local society.

"The workshops available at the institute would give the opportunity for the largest number of female students to train in embroidery and as seamstresses and would create careers that would help them to find jobs," said Jamilah al Wahidi, an embroidery teacher at the institute.

Mohammad Ibrahim, a deaf student who spoke in sign language, said he had been in the institute from kindergarten to high school and had seen his dream come true when he graduated and is now a university hotel management student.

According to official figures, Jordan has a total of ten societies for the deaf affiliated with the Ministry of Social development and offering care to about 750 people from the ages of 6 to 18. In addition, the Ministry of Education runs another ten schools nationwide for 800 students.

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Date:Nov 17, 2009
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