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Supporting E-Learning for hearing and visually impaired student in Egypt Program

Overview

The “Supporting E-Learning for hearing and visually impaired students- (HVIS) in Egypt Program “  aims to provide life-time opportunities to some of the most neglected and deprived deaf and blind students to raise their self esteem and start living as normal people with dignity. This early intervention may open their mind and increase opportunities in all upcoming life. The on-line interactive courses along with dedicated portal/website will provide ICT exposure and access opportunities to thousands of impaired/disabled students encouraging them to become actively involved in the society and pursuing life-long careers, thus reducing the burden on the government and positively contributing. The e-curricula that will be developed will include different difficulties in educational curricula (namely: mathematics, science and IT) that the ICT and multimedia can play a good role simplifying those lessons and introducing them in interesting way for those young students.

Goal & Objectives

Goal:

The main goal of this project is to contribute to improving the living conditions and social inclusion of the hearing and visually impaired students in Egypt, through using Information Technology (IT) for enhancing the education of students the first two grades at the age of primary school.

Objectives:

  • Improve the educational process through modernizing 4 schools (2 for deaf and 2 for blind) with ICT solutions (infrastructure, assistance tools: hardware and software) focusing on creative educational technologies
  • Introduce an interactive multimedia educational e-curricula that support for ICT integration into general teaching and learning for hearing impaired and visual impaired students
  • Build the stakeholders' capacities to improve the skills and knowledge of teachers as well as disabled students
  • Raise awareness of people with disabilities' (PwD's) relatives and surrounding communities on the new educational tools and the 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

 

Program Milestones

Phase 1- Piloting toward Success

The main goal of this phase is to contribute to improving the living conditions and social inclusion of the hearing and visually impaired students in Egypt, through using Information Technology (IT) for enhancing the education of students  the first two grades at the age of primary school. This will be achieved through: Upgrading the ICT Laboratories in  targeted primary schools; Transforming lessons of the formal curricula related to Science, Mathematics and IT for the last two grades of primary schools from written format into interactive and electronic format, that is suitable for HVIS; Training targeted schools’ teachers, students, educators and NGOs on using ICT in teaching and learning Science, Mathematics and IT; Developing positive attitudes towards Hearing and Visually- Impaired Students; and Creating on-line community for Hearing and Visually-Impaired students and related stakeholders (teachers, parents, students, NGOs….etc.)

Phase 2- Build on Our Success

Is to continue raising the educational potential for Hearing and visually impaired students (HVIS) through building a more effective and comprehensive educational environment, using information and communication technologies (ICTs). This will be achieved through: Introducing an interactive multimedia e-curricula that enable the HVIS to comprehend the subjects being taught to them; building on the capacity, skills and knowledge of both the teachers and the HVIS on the IT-related matters; and illustrating a good model of educational reform for deaf and blind schools that can be replicated nationwide and throughout the Arab region. 

Beneficiaries & Location

Visually and hearing Impaired Students in Egypt:

Schools of visually impaired students

  • El Noor School -Hamamt El Quba
  • El Noor School- Game'at Al Dwal St.

 

Schools of Hearing Impaired

  • El Amal primary school- Shubra
  • El Amal primary school -Lebanon Sq.

 

HVIS NGOs and CSOs

  • Union of Visually Impaired people in Aswan
  • Civil Association for Deaf
  • Egyptian Association for the rights of Deaf
  • Fajr Eltanweer NGO for visually Impaired

 

 

 

e-Learning workshop

Egypt ICT Trust Fund affiliated to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), organizes the first workshop of e-learning support project dedicated for the hearing and visual impaired students in Egypt on 19 March 2013.

The project is sponsored by the International Islamic Bank and supported by the Ministry of Education. The workshop takes place at the Civil Education Center in Zamalek, Cairo.  Representatives of civil associations providing services for impaired people, civil society institutions, the Ministry of Education and specialized schools are to attend to the workshop. Winners of “Tawasol” competition held on the margins of the project are to be announced during the workshop. 

The competition targets teachers of special schools and civil society members concerned with impaired children, to select the best teacher and trainer to measure the interaction and ability of teachers and trainers to communicate with visual and hearing impaired students on internet. Discussions will also entail the importance of information technology in educating impaired children. 
The e-learning project aims to improve the living standards of visual and hearing impaired students and ensure their social integration within their schools in Egypt, through the use of IT tools. This is to strengthen the primary education for the students by developing the technological infrastructure in the special schools and developing the proactive e-content of science and computer curricula for the last two grades, as well as to spread awareness and build teachers and students capacities. 

As part of the project’s activities, two special schools for hearing disabled and two others for visual disabled in Cairo and Giza were selected to develop the computer labs and to be provided with updated software for their students.
The project was launched in June 2012 and will end up soon in May 2013.

Tawasol Contest

Egypt ICT Trust Fund, an affiliate of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) held the first workshop on supporting e-learning for students with hearing and visual impairments in Egypt. The workshop was attended by representatives of civil organizations that support people with disabilities, other civil society organizations, Ministry of Education and special schools for students with visual and hearing impairments.

The project of Supporting E-Learning for Hearing and Visually Impaired Students aims at improving the living conditions and social integration of deaf students and others with hearing disabilities at schools in Egypt via the use of IT.  Two schools for the deaf and two for the blind in Cairo and Giza provinces have been selected as part of the project activities. Labs at the schools for the visually impaired have been equipped with advanced computers, software and programs for reading screens for blind students. The labs of the schools for those with auditory impairments have been provided with modern, interactive boards. 

The names of the winners in Tawasol (communication) competition were announced. The contest, held for teachers at the specialized schools and the members of the civil society who had to do with children with disabilities, was organized on the sidelines of the project. 

The competition was for the best teachers and trainers, measuring the degree of interaction and influence of teachers and trainers on the students through using web pages to communicate with deaf students and the schools for the blind. The teachers are: Mr. Mohamed Abdel-Tawab, an English teacher at Al-Nour school for the blind in Hamamt Al-Qobba. The website was built specially to teach and train the visually impaired on life and technological skills that they need. The URL is http://kenanaonline.com/blindteacher.

Another teacher is Ms. Iman Abdel-Rasoul, a science teacher at Al-Amal school for the deaf in Lebanon square. She used her personal web page, publishing specialized articles for those with hearing impairments, especially in the field of teaching science for the elementary stage. The URL is http://kenanaonline.com/emanabelrasou.

A third winner is Ms. Hoda Al-Anshasy, a clinical psychologist at the Ministry of Education. She used a web page for training the visually impaired. The URL is: http://kenanaonline.com/hudaenshasy

See the Impact

The project of supporting e-learning for students with hearing and visual impairments in Egypt Documentary Movie:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPVkovZdO1s

Results

1. Upgrading ICT Labs 

The project targeted upgrading ICT laboratories in special primary schools (including visually impaired and hearing impaired students) through providing ICT equipments and software to establish the implementation environment for the project’s interventions. the new  infrastructures included PCs, Braille Printer, Hearing Aid tools, and Assistive Programs. These requirements were determined previously during the preparation phase through a survey conducted by the ICT-TF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE).

 

2. E-curricula Development

Through this component the project produced a  light web version for the e-curricula. The web  hosted on the ICT-TF Erada Portal http://erada.kenanaonline.com/ to serve hearing impaired and visually impaired community. the services is directed mainly to teachers, parents and HVIS. The provide   interactive audio and video materials to help HVIS enjoy the online services and educational materials. It also allow sharing of knowledge and best practices, and improving the networking among the disabled beneficiaries as well as their surrounding community.

 

3. Capacity Building and Training

Through this component the project provided professional Training of Trainers (TOT) to teachers and supervisors from targeted schools, instructors from NGOs and selected brilliant students. The training covered ways and means to train students on the developed e-curricula and its effective utilization. Included also developing training materials: course structure, training manuals, teachers and students guidelines, etc.

 

4. Knowledge Sharing Workshops

This component mainly targeted creating awareness about ICT services for HVIS, and  opening new channels for dialogue among stakeholders to develop positive attitudes towards people with disabilities.
The awareness workshops and events brought together experts from various fields of “ICT for Disabilities” to exchange ideas, experience and new technologies. It also collected samples of the targeted groups to broaden their minds and sensitize them about the new IT solutions, their implementations, applications and expected benefits, etc.

 

5. Building Electronic Learning Object  Repository  Online LO Repository

Under this component, the project during its second phase, built an online electronic Learning Object Repository (LOR), which is a kind of digital library that contains a collection of small units of educational information or activities that can easily be accessed for retrieval and use. The LOR enables learners and educators to find, share, manage and use educational resources through the web version or by downloading an offline version. Each Learning Object (LO) is re-usable with descriptive information stating the LO objective, the subject and the usage instructions. The LO Repository allows the educators to organize a directory of Los to form a tailored curricula.