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GFH acquires Athena special education school

MANAMA, November 30, 2020

GFH Financial Group has acquired Athena Private School for Special Education, Bahrain further building the group’s regional education portfolio valued at more than $250 million.
 
Athena, which began operations around one year ago, has quickly established itself as the premier K-16+ school providing full-time educational resources and support to students with a broad range special needs.
 
This includes students with:  Dyslexia, Autism and Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD/PDD-NOS, Language Delay/Disorders, Developmental/Physical Disability, Specific Learning Disability/Others, Down syndrome and Academic and Non-Academic Giftedness, among others.
 
The school offers a host of unique features – making it the most comprehensive and best equipped of its kind in Bahrain. It is located in Bu Quwah on a 91.043 sq m area. The school has a capacity of 1,455 students, making it the largest school in terms of capacity and number of educational buildings which are well equipped for special needs students in the kingdom.  
 
Athena also provides house boarding facilities, which can accommodate up to 80 students in separate gender wings; with up to 40 girls in the Pearl Wing, and 40 boys in the Palm Wing.
 
The school has also been designed as a state-of-the-art facility that caters specifically to the special needs of its students by providing an optimal learning environment.  The campus is fully monitored with cameras throughout ensuring maximum care and safely. 
 
Furthermore, it has the most extensive range of programs for special needs students in Bahrain including more courses varied by stage for autistic students that any other learning center in the kingdom. 
 
All programmes are delivered according to a rigorous and world-class curriculum that has been developed according to the highest international standards. 
 
Athena’s programmes are further enhanced by a broad range of support services to ensure the most enriching experience and learning process for students.
 
Commenting, Fatema Kamal, Senior Executive Director at GFH said: “Athena Private School for Special Education provides a unique and holistic approach to delivering educational services and support to students with special needs. This is the 6th school acquisition for GFH’s education platform in less than 18 months.
 
“With our investment in Athena, we will work closely with the School’s management team, teachers, parents and students to further develop its offering and expand the base of enrolled students. 
 
“In doing so, the focus will remain on world-class standards that raise the bar in the region for special education and the delivery of learning and support services that foster every student’s well-being and potential to learn, grow and live fulfilling and productive lives.”
 
Dr Gene Rose Yanga, Principal of Athena, added: “Already a centre for excellence in education for students with special needs, Athena looks forward to further building on the strong foundations we have established in order to provide and even greater number of students and families in Bahrain with access to our unique learning environment and approach.  We are confident that the educational expertise, resources and commitment GFH will bring to Athena through this investment will only serve to support our mission and accelerate the rate at which we can serve the community.”-- Tradearabia News Service
 



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