The event was celebrated along with differently abled children of Al Aman Centre for Rehabilitation, parents, children and teachers from Oman Down Syndrome Association, schoolchildren from Al Nawras School, and Al Seeb International School.
Saleh bin Issa al Aghbari, head of Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Directorate General of Disabled People, Ministry of Social Development, patronised the event. Hilal bin Rashid al Mukhaimi, deputy manager of Al Aman Centre for Rehabilitation welcomed the gathering and shared his views on happiness.
Dr Blessy Prabha Valsaraj, head of the Department of Community and Mental Health at the College of Nursing, welcomed the audience underlining the importance of International Day of Happiness, which falls on March 20 every year calling for happiness to be given greater priority.
Nasir Matani, a senior lecturer from the Department of Community and Mental Health addressed the gathering on happiness and its importance in day-to-day life. Mohammed Qutishat, Saraswathi Kannekanti, Devan Prabudoss and Divya K Y, lecturers from the department took part in the event. Dr Huda al Noumani, assistant dean for Training and Community Services, College of Nursing awarded certificates to the participants and mementos to guests.
As many as 200 participants attended the event. The nursing students of SQU portrayed the theme of International Day of Happiness, ‘Happier Together’ through role play.
Students dressed up as cartoon characters to entertain the children among the audience. Gifts and balloons were also distributed to all the children as a token of happiness. The students also entertained the children with beautiful face painting. The Oman Down Syndrome Association added colour to the event by coordinating a dance performance with students from Al Nawras School, as part of World Down Syndrome Day.