Community Partnership Program


Community partnership means involving the segments of the local community in implementing a local institutional mechanism or organization, for the various areas of comprehensive development, whether it is a rehabilitative service, economic or social, to achieve specific goals. Through this partnership, roles and responsibilities are accurately distributed between the parties, and the comparative advantages of each party are benefited from, within the framework of a clear relationship that respects the rules of transparency and accountability. This stems from the conviction of the partners to work together with a common vision through an organized and clear legal relationship based on credibility and trust between the partners and continuous negotiation in the decision-making process and the consequent agreements in which the roles are complemented and the responsibilities are clarified. Each partner is committed to the other towards achieving a common goal and mutual benefit.

Therefore, the partnership is concerned with the many aspects of interaction and cooperation between the public, private and civil sectors related to employing their human, financial, administrative, organizational, technological and knowledge capabilities on the basis of participation, commitment to goals, freedom of choice, joint responsibility and accountability in order to achieve the rehabilitation, economic and social goals of interest to members of society. In order to have a far-reaching impact on their aspirations, so that society can keep pace with contemporary developments in an effective way and achieve a better competitive position.

In this context, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development took the initiative to adopt partnership projects with the government sector, civil society organizations and the private sector in all developmental, social, rehabilitation and care services provided by the ministry.

A: Community partnership projects with the government sector:


1.Managing and operating driving training program for persons with disabilities:


According to the provisions of Law No. 74 of 2006 on the care and rehabilitation and employment of persons with disabilities, and Law No. 23 of 2014 on traffic law, and Resolution No. 154 of 2015 on the executive regulations of traffic law, and a desire to enhance cooperation and coordination and application of the provisions of the law for the rehabilitation of people with disabilities and to facilitate Services provided to them, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Interior to implement a training program for persons with disabilities to qualify them to obtain a special driver's license.


The memorandum also included the time-plan for the training program for the trainee and the duration of the training, which will be intensified over a period of three weeks, with a minimum of 22 training hours and a maximum of 25 training hours. This is according to the number of hours the trainee needs, provided that it is two hours per day, divided between theoretical and practical training, at the headquarters of the Driving Education Department throughout the week (from Sunday to Thursday), except for official holidays. The necessary additional training hours will be added in case the first exam is not passed, which is a maximum of 8 hours.

A memorandum of understanding was issued on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, and the actual training for people with disabilities began in March 2019 on 03-03-2019, noting that the annual operational cost was BD24.997. The project began in 2009 in partnership with the private sector, and in the same year the project management was shifted to the driving training school in the General Directorate of Traffic of the Ministry of Interior.

B. Community partnership projects with NGOs working in the field of disability:


1. Academic qualification grant program in partnership with community centers working in the field of disability:


Since 2011, an academic qualification grant program has been implemented between the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the heads of 11 centers for the boards of directors of NGOs responsible for civil centers working in the field of disability, based on Cabinet Resolution No. (01-2058). This disbursement is based on a set of approved criteria according to the type of disability and the number of beneficiaries from each center. Below is a list of 16 community centers working in the field of disability, which include the centers for mobile units:


Number of beneficiaries according to social center and gender for the years 2019-2020

No.

Social Center

Gender

Total

Male

Female

A/01

Hope Institute for Special Education

69

34

103

A/02

Friendship Kindergarten for Blind Children

6

2

8

A/03

Azhar Al Herak Nursery

19

22

41

A/04

Prince Sultan Center for Hearing Aid

24

11

35

A/05

Al Wafa Center – Autism Section

27

11

38

A/06

Al Amal Early Care Center

15

16

31

A/07

Al Rashad Center for Autism

15

4

19

A/08

Down Syndrome Care Center

40

30

70

A/09

Al Rahma Center

22

20

42

A/10

Alia Early Intervention Center

80

18

98

A/11

Home Rehabilitation Center (MobileUnit)

39

47

86

A/12

Tafaol Center for Special Education

14

6

20

A/13

Agricultural Center for Vocational Training

10

0

10

A/14

Home Care Center for Disabilities (Mobile Unit)

29

19

48

A/15

Cerebral Palsy Center

11

16

27

A/16

Al Hidd Rehabilitation Center

12

11

22

Total

432

267

699

 

 

2. Managing and Operating the Mobile Units:


The Ministry seeks to provide many free services by supporting mobile units through the community partnership program with civil society by joining efforts and promoting social responsibility, so contracts are made with civil society institutions or the private sector in managing these units, which are:

  • The mobile unit for people with disabilities in partnership with the Bahraini Society for Intellectual Disability and Autism, which was established in 2007 and aims at early intervention for persons with disabilities through the "Portage" system for rehabilitation with the provision of physiotherapy services, academic integration programs and behavior modification programs.
  • The Home Care Center for Persons with Disabilities in partnership with the Bahrain Society for Parents of People with Disabilities and their Friends, which was established in 2008 and aims to provide various types of social, psychological and health services that a person with disabilities needs in his/her home.


3.Management and operation of the Hidd Rehabilitation Center


C. Community partnership projects with the private sector:


•    Managing Al Matrook Conductive Rehabilitation Center
•    Managing Salwa Club for People with Disabilities.
•    Program to support specific privileges for holders of the new national identity card

•    Solidarity gesture for those with special needs

Takaful 1 "On Rehabilitating Children with Disabilities"


This Initiative aims to provide contributions to the private sector and individuals for the purpose of paying rehabilitation fees for a low-income child or a number of children with disabilities enrolled in special rehabilitation centers. This, in turn, contributes to overcoming the difficulties that prevent those children from receiving their needed rehabilitation or from continuing receiving such rehabilitation. By this, it has become possible to reach all groups of children who need early rehabilitation and intervention, thus granting them the chance to realize their self-sufficiency and social and vocational integration. In fact, the rehabilitation of 10 persons with different disabilities in the private centers throughout the 2019 / 2020 academic year has been guaranteed by a number of philanthropists and well-off companies.

Takaful 2 "On Providing Devices and Aids for Persons with Disabilities"


This Initiative aims to provide contributions to the private sector and individuals by virtue of making all necessary devices and aids available so as to facilitate the lives of persons with mobility disability without imposing strict requirements and standards that would preclude them from fulfilling their needs. This is undertaken by means of providing the latest modern technology devices to the disabled who deserve them, such as wheelchairs with special specifications, medical beds, car hoists, and electric lifts for those who are sure of their actual needs. About 80 devices with special specifications have been supplied since the start of the initiative in 2019 until today.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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