The percentage of illiteracy among deaf and blind is remarkable, not to mention the lack of integration among those blind and deaf students who are actually enrolled in formal education.
Supporting Hearing and Visually Impaired Students project targets providing life-time opportunities to some of the most neglected and deprived deaf and blind students to raise their self-esteem and integrate them into society. The early intervention may broaden their horizons and increase opportunities in their future.
The online interactive courses, along with dedicated portals and websites, provide ICT exposure and access opportunities to thousands of impaired and disabled students. The courses encourage them to become actively involved in the society and pursue life-long careers, thus reducing the burden on the government. The e-curricula that will be developed will ease various difficulties in educational curricula; namely, mathematics, science and IT. ICT and multimedia, therefore, can play a good role in simplifying those lessons and introducing them in an interesting way for those young students.
The program falls under the pillar of active citizenship and social communities’ empowerment which seeks building a knowledge society for the prosperity and well-being of Egyptian citizens using ICTs by means of customized technical solutions, integrated developmental components, human development, minorities’ inclusion and reaching different communities.
The project is being implemented in four specialized schools (two of Al Amal Schools for Deaf, and two of Al Nour Wa Al Amal schools for blind) in Cairo and Giza. The project learning objects are developed on CDs and published online on Tawasol Portal to be shared among deaf and blind students not only in Egypt but also in other Arab countries.
The project’s outcomes include upgrading ICT laboratories in four schools, training of teachers and students and organizing competitions to identify best practices and establishing virtual community to gather all stakeholders. The project was implemented by Egypt Information and Communication Technology Trust Fund (ICT-TF) in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank, the Ministry of Education (MoE) and a number of NGOs.
§ Contribute to living conditions improvement and social inclusion of the hearing and visually impaired students in Egypt, through the use of Information Technology (IT) for enhancing the education of students in the first two grades of primary school
§ Improve the educational process through modernizing schools for deaf and blind students with ICT solutions such as infrastructure and assistance tools of hardware and software
§ Introduce interactive multimedia educational e-curricula that support ICT integration into general teaching and learning for hearing impaired and visual impaired students
§ Build stakeholders’ capacities to improve the skills and knowledge of teachers as well as disabled students
§ Raise awareness of the relatives of people with disabilities (PwDs) and surrounding communities on the new educational tools and values of early interventions in improving PwDs whole life
v Establish a Public Private People Partnership (PPPP) in building a model of educational reform for deaf and blind schools that can be replicated nationwide and throughout the Arab region
§ Four Schools were equipped with PCs laps, and assistive tools (Braille printers with MP3 and graphic design support for blinds)
§ Six training workshops on e-curricula for teachers
§ 742 Lessons were transformed into interactive lessons
§ Tawasol Academy Portal was developed
- Capacity building of 125 Teachers/ Trainers and 400 Students
§ A competition was developed for teachers and NGOs for enriching the electronic content on Erada Portal for Visually and Hearing Impaired Students