Education Ministry announces special exam procedures for students with special needs and cancer patients

Special correction committees will be assigned to assess the performance of students with mental disabilities and cancer patients in the final and semester exams.

The initiative, which takes into account the humanitarian conditions of these categories, aims to evaluate these students in a special way and separately from the rest of their school mates.

The Ministry of Education has announced the procedure in response to remarks voiced by parents of students with special needs (students of determination).

Students with mental disabilities and cancer patients will also be allowed to attend graduation ceremonies, even if their results indicate the need to do an exam resit, said the Minister of Education Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma.

He pledged full support to students with mental disabilities and cancer patients to enable them to achieve graduation requirements before the start of the next academic year.

He announced that the ministry would set a policy for evaluating students with mental disabilities and cancer patients to be applied to these categories on an annual basis, adding that the new regulations would cover assessment modalities and the curricula.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Social Development Minister receives British Club chairman

Social Development Minister Osama bin Ahmed Khalaf Al Asfoor received the the newlook British Club board led by chairman Christopher Woodrow on congratulated them on their election for a new term.

He commended the role played by civil society organizations, hailing their partnership with competent national authorities to achieve the desired goals in terms of humanitarian and development work.

He added that the ministry would continue supporting civil society organizations in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in this regard.

The British Club chairman and board members commended the ministry’s efforts and support to non-lucrative NGOs in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Bahrain resumes diplomatic representation at ambassadors level with Lebanon

In implementation of the directives of the leadership, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the Kingdom of Bahrain has decided to resume diplomatic representation at the level of ambassadors with the brotherly Republic of Lebanon.

This decision comes in order to strengthen the brotherly relations between the two countries and its peoples and promote mutual respect, in accordance with the principles of the Charter of the Arab League, and the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Syria participates in76th session of World Health Assembly in Geneva

With the participation of Syria, the work of the 76th session of the World Health Assembly will begin tomorrow in Geneva and will last until the 30th of this month.

The agenda of the session includes topics related to the work of the World Health Organization in the field of health emergencies, strengthening its response, and the issue of universal health coverage.

In a statement to SANA, head of the Syrian delegation, Minister of Health, Dr. Hassan al-Ghabbash, stressed the importance of participation, especially as the health challenges facing the world have highlighted the need for international collective action to develop health systems, to be more flexible and ready to respond efficiently, especially during crises and emergencies.

Al-Ghabbash hoped that the outcomes of these meetings would contribute to boost health systems, explaining that the Syrian delegation will meet on the sidelines of the Assembly’s work with many delegations to discuss the efforts exerted to enhance joint cooperation, which will positively reflect the health situation in Syria under the current circumstances.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Damask Rose, ambassador of peace and love from Syria to the world

Damascus, one of the oldest cities in the world, whose streets, mountains and even houses, were able to defeat the invaders, while its flowers give peace and love in the face of hatred that the sponsors of terrorism tried to impose and sow.

Ancient flower known for its fragrance

Among the roses, for which Damascus is famous, is the Damask Rose, an ancient flower known for its fragrance and its therapeutic uses, which was considered the ambassador of Syria to the world.

The Greek poet Sappho called her the Queen of Flowers, and the Greek Historian Homer mentioned her in the Iliad and the Odyssey ; and when the English poet Shakespeare wanted to describe beauty in his maximum expression, he said in one of the texts of his plays: “Beautiful as the beautiful Rose of Damascus.” As for the Arab world, the great poet Nizar Qabbani, a native of the city of Damascus, wrote about this flower in his masterpiece (Poemario Damascene).

Symbol of beauty and love

Thanks to its intoxicating fragrance and its dazzling shape, it was considered the symbol of beauty and love, and due to its therapeutic, relaxing, and disinfectant virtues, it was registered in 2019 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) within the representative list of the intangible heritage of humanity.

One of the ancient Greek legends says that the Greek Goddess of Beauty, when she saw the charm and beauty of the city of Damascus, became jealous, and for this reason she created this rose to compete with it in its beauty, and called it the Damascus rose.

The Damascenes confirm that it was so called because it first grew in the land of Damascus.

The town of al-Mrah, about 60 km north of Damascus, is the main producer of the Damask Rose since this town enjoys a special climate characterized by cold winters, and is, as farmers say, one of the towns where the snow stays longer on the mountain peaks and highlands and this climate is very suitable for growing the Damask Rose.

The farmers of al-Mrah grow this Rose in the period between December and March months, and when it blooms in May, they go out with their families to manually collect the roses.

After the harvesting process is complete, the buds of the roses are collected and exposed to the sun for several days to dry, and then brought to the perfumers in the old markets of Damascus, especially the al-Bazourieh popular market.

Rose Water, one of the products extracted from the Damask Rose

One of the most important products of this rose is rose water (Ma Alward, in Arabic) and it is extracted by a machine called “Al-Karakah”, and it is extracted from the distillation of rose petals where every thousand kilograms of roses produces a liter of water.

These rose petal scented waters are rich in vitamins B and E, and are used to soften and care for the skin.

An extensive study from 2011 analyzed the existing evidence on the different properties attributed to these products, including its high content of vitamin C, which is very necessary to synthesize collagen since, being an antioxidant, it protects our skin from aging.This water is also a typical ingredient in the desserts that Syrian women make and use it to flavor sweets and drinks.

The most expensive oil in the world is also extracted from the Damask Rose and the Chinese considered it more valuable than gold and more durable than oil.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency