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Project Benefits Children with Down Syndrome in Holguin

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A cultural project aimed at promoting the quality of life of children with Down Syndrome, is part of the initiatives of the Jorge Ricardo Masseti special school, in the province of Holguin, regarding the beginning of 2018-2019 school year to start on September 3.
Norma Velazco, director of the institution, explained that the project includes singing, dancing and plastic arts, and benefits the 100 students of the facility, located in the historic center of the city.
One of the main purposes of the initiative is the development of communication and motor skills, which are also included among the objectives of special education in Cuba, said the directive.
She added that the program also includes traditional games, songs and the event Puertas Abiertas, where children present choreographies, gymnastics and small plays performed by themselves.
Niurka Batista, a teacher at the school, said that the study program includes the subject “Taller docente de artesanía” (Craft Workshop), where carpets and paper decorations are made using handicrafts.
Yaima Ramírez, mother of a child with this condition, stressed the progress in skills in speech, movement coordination and relationship with other children, as well as the acquisition of other skills.
Down syndrome is a genetic disease, caused by alterations in chromosome 21 and causes physical and intellectual disability.
Special education in Cuba attends school children with mental retardation, blindness, congenital deafness and physical-motor disabilities, grouped in schools where they acquire the tools to join the social and cultural life of the Island.

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