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.
This project targets to provide 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 on-line interactive courses, along with dedicated portals and websites, will 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.
§ 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 at the age 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 for the relatives of the people with disabilities’ (PwD’s) and surrounding communities on the new educational tools and values of early interventions in improving PwD’s whole life
§ 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
The project is being implemented in four specialized schools (2 Al Amal Schools for Deaf, 2 Al Nour Wa Al Amal schools for blind) in Cairo and Giza. The project outputs curricula will be on CDs in order to be published online on Tawasol Portal to be shared among all deaf and blind students not only in Egypt but also in all Arab countries.