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    MCIT Wins WSIS 2017 Prize for ICT Accessibility for PwDs Project

    Geneva, Switzerland, 14 June 2017

    The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) won the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) prizeó for the second consecutive yearó for Egyptís National Program for ICT Accessibility in Education for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), implemented by MCIT nationwide. The prize is part of efforts employed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to support outstanding projects that take advantage of ICT applications to drive social, educational and economic development within communities.

    The ICT Accessibility in Education for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) program aims at facilitating the educational process for students with disabilities through developing the policy of ICT accessibility in education for students with disabilities; providing access to technology for integration and special education schools; and providing training to teachers on the use of assistive technology to improve the educational system proficiency for students with disabilities.

    The prize was received by the ICT Ministerís Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services Abeer Shakweer the Summit Awards, which was held during the Contest of WSIS Prizes 2017 ceremony held on June 12-16 in Geneva, Switzerland.

    The prize recognizes MCIT efforts in supporting the PwDs educational system, which achieved great success, represented in the technological support of 503 schools serving more than 30 thousand students with visual, hearing and mental disabilities and students of the educational integration in public schools. Technology support entails providing hardware, software and assistive technologies, where MCIT seeks to expand in this area to reach 3,000 schools of PwDs and educational integration.

    Developing the PwDs educational system involves the training of all teachers of PwDs nationwide, where 6000 teachers have been trained within the program phase I. MCIT, also, developed the unified academic sign language dictionary, to serve students with hearing disabilities. It aims to eliminate the problem of the different sign languages in view of the environmental and geographical differences within the Egyptian society. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, MCIT has trained 60 trainers on this dictionary as a first batch, which is the first certified batch of sign language trainers.

    A number of 467 projects from around the world were submitted for the Contest of WSIS Prizes 2017 and were evaluated by an expert group. 345 projects were accepted through voting, undertaken by a million and one hundred persons worldwide.  18 projects won WSIS prizes within the 18 categories of the contest.

    WSIS prizes recognize the excellence in implementing the projects and initiatives that promote the achievement of the WSIS goals and contribute to the achievement of the UN sustainable development goals, through the use of ICTs to help improve the educational process for students with disabilities.

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