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MCIT Launches ‘Jobs and Skills for PwDs with Focus on ICT-Based Solutions Project – Phase II’

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has launched Phase II of "Jobs and Skills for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) with a Focus on ICT-based Solutions" project, as part of its keenness to achieve digital transformation, empower PwDs and support their inclusion in the society.

The project is carried out as part of the activities of the special agreement on the ICT for Comprehensive Community Development (ICT4CCD) project of the Central Department for Community Development at MCIT.

It is implemented in collaboration between the United Nations (UN) Development Program (UNDP) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), and funded by the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD).

Phase II aims to reach a unified vision to sustain rendering efficient and high quality technological services through establishing a comprehensive e-platform that connects PwDs services together, to ease access of PwDs to services.

This includes organizing workshops to raise awareness of PwDs rights to stimulate their integration into the labor market, creating an e-directory for consultants working in the field of PwDs services and providing technical support and recommendations on the work mechanism; as well as developing plans to connect the parties involved in creating and designing the e-system.

Objectives also include developing a strategic vision to achieve expansion and sustainability to attract a large number of service providers in the e-platform, to serve the largest possible number of PwDs, nationwide.

Implementing Phase II comes as a celebration of the success of Phase I, implemented from September 2014 to March 2017, targeting creating jobs for PwDs. Phase I included training more than 600 physically- and visually-impaired people on the skills needed by the labor market, using modern technological solutions.

Furthermore, over 50 trainers from institutions and civil society organizations specializing in PwDs services received training, with the training content made available on CDs and online, in an accessible, user-friendly way for physically- and visually-impaired people.

This is in addition to carrying out a number of workshops to promote creating innovative technological applications that serve PwDs and solve their daily problems. The project also produced 27 video clips on occupational therapy in Arabic, using proper technical tools for physically-impaired people.

In 2018, the project was nominated for the World Summit Awards (WSA), as one of the best, most innovative digital solutions in Egypt.

The first sessions of the project Advisory Committee was held on February 17, attended by a number of officials from different ministries and specialized national councils, as well as representatives of different civil society organizations, the private sector and involved bodies.