6 June 2013
E-Learning for the Disabled Project Celebration

ICT Trust Fund, affiliated with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the United Nations Development Program in Egypt (UNDP-Egypt,) celebrated last Tuesday the end of events and activities of the “Supporting E-Learning for Hearing and Visually Impaired Students in Egypt” project.

The project, executed in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Ministry of Education, aimed at improving living conditions and socially integrate the hearing and visually impaired people in Egypt; towards national promotion of students in their final two years of primary education using ICT.

The celebration commenced with a field visit to Amal School in Shobra, one of the project’s schools, to view the opinions of beneficiaries of students and teachers.

Deputy Director of Egypt ICT Trust Fund Eng Hoda Dahroug discussed activities and accomplishments of the project; praising the role of MCIT in empowering the ones with disabilities through the use of IT by providing tools and developing education curriculum applicable for the ones with disabilities in the final years of primary schools.

This comes in line with MCIT key policies of enabling the community through societal participation with government  and civil bodies and  specialized experts, contributing to the success of the project notwithstanding challenges Egypt has been undergoing lately.

 UNDP Assistant Resident Representative  Mr  Sheriff El-Takla praised the accomplishments of the project and referred to the role of UNDP-Egypt  in cooperation with MCIT since 2002 in developing 3000 smart and technical education schools, completing the role today with private education schools.

The celebration showcased accomplishments of the projects in  four pillars the first of which is empowering schools with suitable  and supportive technology tools for the hearing and visually impaired students. This includes advancing curriculum and equipping laboratories in schools.

The second pillar is developing skills for educational calibers using e-learning methods appropriate for the hearing and visually impaired students through training courses for the trainers.

The third pillar is enabling students with disabilities using best ICT tools in comprehending  academic knowledge of science and computers for the final years of the primary stage through the provision of training.

The last pillar is activation and initiation which came into practice through numerous activities, most important of which is “Twasol” competition enriching the education content on the internet, thus providing free specialized academic knowledge on the special educational twasol portal via societal participation of individuals and institutions.

The  integration of roles of the two ministries of Education and the Communications and Information Technology was displayed during the celebration and means of possible sustainability for the project whether with schools or through collaboration with civil society organizations in the field of disability were discussed.

The celebration concluded by distributing certificates of appreciation to everyone who participated in making this project a success, including teachers form the Ministry of Education and others from civil society organizations.
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