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ICT for Employment and Skills for People with Disabilities Workshop

Cairo, 21 September 2016

In conjunction with the International Day for Disabilities, Egypt – ICT Trust fund held the ICT for Employment and Skills for People with Disabilities (PWD’s) Workshop. The workshop was held in Conrad Hotel – Cairo, on the 21st of December 2016.

The workshop was attended by various NGO’s, training and employment-services entities, as well as project partners. The aim of the forum was to exchange expertise in the field of ICT for employment and skills for PWD‘s, in light of the Egyptian National Strategy for Sustainable Development – 2030, as well as cooperation with international entities and civil society on awareness- raising activities.

Three sessions were held during the Workshop on training for employability, how to make the work-atmosphere PWD’s-friendly, and holistic integration and employment. Each session discussed best practices in PWD’s employability field as well as the challenges faced by the sector and the methods used to overcome them.

This workshop is a part of a project launched in 2014 by the ICT – Trust Fund, in cooperation with the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) in Egypt, and the International Labor Organization (ILO). The project comes in the context of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology’s (MCIT) role in contributing to the sustainable development goals using information and communication technology, where special attention is given to PWD’s through enhancing their employability skills and availing more employment and training opportunities. The project goals include:

  • training persons with visual and mobility disability with skills needed by the labor market
  •  raising the efficiency of specialized NGOs to provide services and better job opportunities for persons with disabilities
  •   Contribute in finding private sector employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
  •  Creating technological solutions to support persons with disabilities in their daily lives.

The project included several activities which begun by conducting a needs assessment of the labor market, in order to determine the required job skills of persons with disabilities to fit the jobs actually available in the labor market, as well as to assess the difficulties that prevent persons with disabilities from attending certain functions. Skills needed to fill these jobs were identified and a training curriculum was created to fit the targeted disabilities of the project. The training curriculum was developed in collaboration with specialized training institutions, in partnership with civil society organizations in a number of governorates.

As a result of the project, which targeted young people with physical disabilities and visual in the age group from 18 to 39 years, 608 persons with disabilities received training, and 60 coaches benefited from Train the Trainer program. Training programs varied between customer service and call centers, management skills and entrepreneurship, presentation skills, and skills Community leadership, marketing and e-marketing skills, management and planning of small and medium enterprises, and the basics of computer maintenance, laptops, cell phones, and the basics of design and graphics.

Project activities also included the implementation of two workshops on design thinking. The first was held in partnership with the Institute of Information Technology in April 2015 and the second workshop was held at the Library of Alexandria in October 2015, in collaboration with the Institution of Democracy and Social Peace Studies. The workshops aimed at raising awareness on the importance of youth employment, creating technological solutions using Mobile and Internet platforms, to overcome the challenges faced by persons with disabilities, and the exchange of ideas in order to contribute to the creation of a meaningful, effective and sustainable solutions that help in PWD’s employability.

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