24 August 2021
ICT Minister Inspects Creativa Innovation Hub, El Amal For Deaf & Hearing Impaired School in Aswan


During his visit to Aswan Governorate, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat and the Governor of Aswan Ashraf Attia, accompanied by President of Aswan University Ahmed Ghalap, toured Creativa Innovation Hub at the University.  Creativa Innovation Hub is within the framework of the project implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to publish innovation hubs nationwide, aiming to provide technical training for youth in communications sciences and all information technology disciplines, foster digital creativity, encourage entrepreneurs, and establish entrepreneurship incubators.
 
During the visit, Talaat toured the classrooms of Creativa Innovation Hub, where he was received by the CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Amr Mahfouz, Director of the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) Iman Ashour, and Chairwoman of the Information Technology Institute (ITI) Heba Saleh.
 
Talaat also met with groups of students and alumni who benefited from the training grants offered by a number of MCIT affiliates, namely ITI, NTI, and the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), which include a set of courses for Aswan youth in the disciplines of integrated electronic circuit design, web and mobile applications design, designing user interfaces and user experience for different applications, network and information security, network management, software development and software development using different programming languages.
 
During his meeting with the youth of Creativa Innovation Hub, Talaat highlighted MCIT keenness to develop youth skills and enable them to compete at the international level in the freelance labor market.
 
The Hub includes nine study laboratories, two lecture halls and a conference hall, as well as an incubator for start-ups. The Hub was established inside Aswan University to facilitate communication between the Hub and the academic community in Aswan.
 
Talaat also inspected El Amal for Deaf and Hearing Impaired School, for which MCIT had previously provided some technological programs and supported their development specifically to facilitate the educational process for students with hearing disabilities and raise their abilities. This is in addition to providing support with a number of computers, a printer and an optical projector, to support the educational and training process of students. During the tour, the National Academy of Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities (NAID) Chairman AbdEl-Monem El-Sharkawy received the ICT Minister.
 
This comes within the framework of MCIT plan to support and empower Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) through the project of developing the educational process for them. The first phase included the support and integration of 810 special education schools, as well as the training of around 29,000 teachers. A cooperation protocol was signed with the Ministry of Education to complete the second phase of the project, which targets 100,000 teachers and rehabilitates 1,600 schools at an estimated cost of 150 million pounds.
 
During his tour, an open dialogue took place between the ICT Minister and a number of students at the school, where he knew their demands. Talaat gave instructions on providing high-speed Internet to 21 special education schools in Aswan, and providing a number of computers and some Braille tools.
 
Talaat visited this morning the general office of Aswan Governorate and witnessed the signing of a number of agreements between MCIT and the governorate to build digital capabilities and develop the information infrastructure in villages of “Haya Karima” in the governorate. He also opened a customer service center for Telecom Egypt and Mahmoudia Post Office after developing and providing it with the latest systems and technological solutions.
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