10 December 2013
PWD Schools Development Initiative Launching


The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Atef Helmy and the Minister of Education Mahmoud Abou El-Nasr witnessed today the launching of an initiative of technological development for 1000 schools for disabilities across the nation to empower private schools to easily cross through the gate into technology world.

The initiative, taking place during the events of round 17 of Cairo ICT 2013, comes within the framework of MCIT pivots to empower people with disabilities (PWDs), thus integrating them into society and benefiting of their great innovations.

The advisor of ICT Minister for Community Services  Abeer Shakweer said the initiative would start by supporting a number of 500 schools for people with mental disabilities, 199 schools for the deaf and hearing impaired and 301 integrated educational schools for the integration of students with mild disabilities in general education schools.

Those schools are to be provided will requirements of specialized equipment and software, in addition to providing computer and software training for more than 1000 teachers, with a cost of 30 million Egyptian pounds for this year, she added.

“Through this initiative, we should have rehabilitated all private schools across the country; MCIT will continue with its plan until 2017 to cover 3000 schools with a cost of 100 million Egyptian pounds,” Shakweer stated.

Moreover, she said the initiative wasn’t MCIT first one to support PWDs. Last year, MCIT supported 26 schools for the visually impaired, constituting all government schools specialized in this area. This is in addition to supporting 35 schools in pilot project for integrated schools.

For the past two years, MCIT has been providing technology support to serve PWDs for it supported around 23 centers for the disabled within public universities, as well as launching Computer Driving License grant for people with disabilities where 90 disabled people have actually graduated.

MCIT has also provided a training grant for employment as a pilot project, where around 53 persons with visual disabilities have been trained for telemarketing, and around 30% have been employed. The employment phase is still ongoing.

This grant comes in line with cooperating with a number of civil society organizations such as Daizin and Chamber of IT Industry. There is also a volunteer communicative committee consisting of representatives of different disabilities of various regions symbolizing a focal point to get to know the real needs of people with disabilities.in pilot project for integrated schools.

For the past two years, MCIT has been providing technology support to serve PWDs for it supported around 23 centers for the disabled within public universities, as well as launching Computer Driving License grant for people with disabilities where 90 disabled people have actually graduated.

 MCIT has also provided a training grant for employment as a pilot project, where around 53 persons with visual disabilities have been trained for telemarketing, and around 30% have been employed. The employment phase is still ongoing.

This grant comes in line with cooperating with a number of civil society organizations such as Daizin and Chamber of IT Industry. There is also a volunteer communicative committee consisting of representatives of different disabilities of various regions symbolizing a focal point to get to know the real needs of people with disabilities.

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