Up’s & Down’s
The adventures of the first Down’s Syndrome Fine Arts student in Egypt
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.
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