One day of 2018, during the UNICEF-supported Awladna Art Forum for differently-abled youth and children, Dr. Ashraf Reda, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Helwan University, came across a painting that struck him. It was unusual, and it captured his attention. When he met with the artist, 20-year-old Mariam Wageeh, he decided to give her the opportunity of a life time: studying arts at the University.
In the Fall semester of 2018, the Free Studies Section at the Faculty of Fine Arts welcomed its first-ever student affected by Down Syndrome.
UNICEF met with Mariam and her mother, who is also her shadow teacher, capturing highlights from her life in the campus.