SEVENTEEN youngsters were honoured yesterday after completing their education at the Hope institute for Special Education, in Isa Town.
A ceremony way held under the patronage of Social Affairs Minister Dr Fatima Al Balooshi and attended by society president Shaikha Lulwa bint Mohammed Al Khalifa.
Institute principal Badriya Salias said the youngsters, aged! 5 and 16. have completed their educaiiona.1 and vocational programmes at the centre and will now move on to the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait Rehabilitation Centre, also in Isa Town, to get more vocational training.
"In today's world, social care is one of the key factors of a civilisation's progress and development," she -said. "'Any scientific or technical progress won't be a positive one unless it's created to serve the people."
Ms Salias added that she was proud to see the 21st batch of students graduate from the institute.
"Parents must encourage their children to strive to become independent, productive members of society and find jobs after they graduate from the centre" she said.On behalf of the parents, Mariam Abbas Al Mahdi said that seeing their children graduate is a dream come true.
"Their strong will was a weapon that opened up the doors to their success," she said.
"We are very proud of them The graduates and thank their teachers and the institute's administration for their ongoing commitment in educating our children."
Institute pupils performed music and dance at the event, which was attended by officials, parents and guests.
They were presented with certificates by Dr Al Balooshi and Shaikha Lulwa.