Why is this challenge crucial now?

More information on why this challenge is crucial now
Education is the foundation on which inclusion is built. However, children and young persons with disabilities in Africa are significantly less likely to attend and complete basic and higher education.

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Our understanding of inclusive and quality education corresponds with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 4. We know that only 10% of the children with disabilities on the African continent under the age of 14 attend school (World Bank, 2018).

Similarly, informal educational services, technical and vocational training, as well as online learning courses are often not accessible or poorly accessible for adults with disabilities. This significantly decreases their ability to acquire much-needed digital skills and other qualifications relevant to their employment prospects. As a result, on average only one in three persons with disabilities is employed (ILO, 2020).

Reasons for the exclusion of persons with disabilities in formal and informal education services are not restricted to physical and digital inaccessibility, but also include discrimination, lack of awareness, and the unaffordability of assistive technologies.

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ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge Jury

The judging panel is composed of experts of Atos, GIZ, private sector, civil society and international organisations. The panel is carefully selected to provide expertise in the fields of education, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), innovation, accessibility and inclusion and regional African perspectives.

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Intellectual workshop

What’s in it for you?

Whether you are a tech-savvy digital entrepreneur who tackles challenges with a solution-oriented approach or if you are someone directly impacted by a lack of accessibility to education with an idea on how to improve the situation; if your submitted idea is successful, you will be provided with the unique opportunity to turn your idea into an operating and impactful solution.

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What are we looking for?

What are we looking for?

We wish to foster & scale digital and technical innovations that provide or improve access to education for children, youths and/or adults with disabilities in Africa.

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