GIFEC equips 450 visually-impaired with ICT skills

Four hundred and fifty visually-impaired persons have been trained in basic specialised Information Communication and Technology (ICT) to provide them with requisite knowledge and basic skills to participate effectively in the information and knowledge society.

Additionally, the training is to empower them to perform various tasks independently, in managing daily activities and communicate effectively through email, instant messaging, and social media platforms.It was organised by the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), an agency under the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation in partnership with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).

Under the programme dubbed “Introduction to Computer Basics for the Visually Impaired (ICBVI)”, the beneficiaries were selected from 13 regions of the GIFEC Community ICT Centres (CICs) on Computer Fundamentals to undergo a three-week intensive training in ICT.

The component is designed and implemented by Cisco and stFoundation to provide basic specialised ICT knowledge to persons with visual impairment.

Employment

Speaking at the national climax of the ICBVI training in Techiman in the Bono East Region, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GIFEC, Prince Sefah, said the training had offered them the knowledge to access a wealth of information available online, including educational resources, news, and entertainment for personal development.

Mr Sefah said GIFEC and its partners, rolled out the visually impaired and other ICT programmes to provide digital skills to citizens, especially, those categorised as marginalised, unserved and underserved communities.

Telephony sites

Prince Sefah said GIFEC was establishing 2,016 rural telephony sites under the Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project to expand mobile network connectivity to unconnected remote communities.

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