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More than 200 teams took part in the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge. They applied their digital solutions to shape inclusive education for persons with disabilities. Out of this pool, 10 teams were selected by 24 judges to attend a 2-week virtual Bootcamp: Those were the teams who participated in the BootCamp: 

Team BliRacy 

Image of the ICT4IC Participant Olabanji Ajilore saying "Empowering others with my aquired skills, networks and resources drives me."

Participant interviewed: Olabanji Ajilore

Country of origin: Nigeria 

Webpage/Social Mediawww.zenafri.com

Motivation to take part in the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge

As a startup, our main goal is to provide accessible and affordable education for African children and this challenge fit directly into that goal. We have already created digital locally relevant education solutions for Africa’s disadvantaged children, and we are expanding that now to be more inclusive.

Vision for improving inclusive education for persons with disabilities

BliRacy is an interactive audio-focused mobile and web app that aims to equip visually impaired/Legally blind African children with basic literacy and numeracy skills. BliRacy focuses on using audio interactive stories, audio lessons and cues alongside high contrast graphics to provide relevant early learning content to children. In order for it to be fully accessible, it will also integrate voice commands allowing even children that are legally blind to utilize the app and benefit from its content. 

Team Deaf Inclusive Education for Africa (DIE4Africa)

Image of the ICT4IC Participant OTemwa saying "We offer deaf people in Africa the opportunity to access quality and adequate education trhough their preferred language: sign language."

Participant interviewed: Temwa

Country of origin: Malawi 

Webpage/Social Mediahttps://tmzota.blogspot.com and https://web.facebook.com/tmzotahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/temwa-mzota-95529830

Motivation to take part in the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge:

To gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills, build relevant connections and get exposure to potential investors.

Vision for improving inclusive education for persons with disabilities:

To offer deaf people in Africa the opportunity to access quality and adequate education through their preferred language: sign language.

Team Digital Visual Assistant

Participant interviewed: Ronald Waiswa

Country of origin: Uganda

Webpage/Social Mediahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ronald-mirondo-waiswa-578490216

Motivation to participate in the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge:

More than two decades ago, Will (1986) identified the need for a change in instructional direction. Such change must reflect current technologies as well as societal realities since if we want to be prepared as a society to meet the challenges of projected economic, demographic, and technological realities, it will require concerted efforts to effect lasting and responsible changes in the education we provide students with visual and learning problems.

Vision for improving inclusive education for persons with disabilities:  

Our vision is to increase recreation participation among people with disabilities since the product will empower blind people around the world to participate in today’s digital economy more fully and to contribute their voices to shape the information spaces, they value whether in health, education, government, or science. 

Team Kapp Medici

Participant interviewed: Franziska Kjellstroem

Country of origin: Germany/Switzerland/Ghana

Webpage/ Social Media: not yet available 

Motivation to participate in the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge:

From a young age, inclusion was a keyword for us. We were impressed by the ability of (West) African communities to deal with epidemics and wanted to know if people with impairments are stigmatized, as is usually the case all over, how they can earn a living and increase their self-esteem.

Vision for improving inclusive education for persons with disabilities

For us, promoting inclusive education in Africa for persons with disabilities means giving them the power to influence themselves and their environment. It is the supreme power that makes them capable human beings and citizens of the world.

Team LiRA Assessment Assistant

Participant interviewed: Liandrie Steffens

Country of origin: South Africa/India 

Webpage/Social Media: not yet available

Motivation to participate in the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge:

My own experience as a visually impaired student in South Africa drove me to take part in this competition to change the experiences of others like me through LiRa.

Vision for improving inclusive education for persons with disabilities:

My vision is to make assessments and exams completely independent for all students.

Team Mega Mind

Participants interviewed: Mary Orach and Mwanje Samuel

Country of Origin: Uganda

Webpage/Social Mediahttps://twitter.com/Maryorach?t=05oNkIRX5rja4fYEe0c1QQ&s=08 and https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100068528265136

Motivation to participate in the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge:

My motivation sparks from my family and friends who have had ADHD and that was the reason for the rise of Mega Mind. Being part of ICT for inclusion was a great opportunity for the team and I to learn and scale up the project as an innovation in inclusivity to help students like my friends and families struggling with ADHD to achieve their dreams.

Vision for improving inclusive education for persons with disabilities:

I am committed to advancing the inclusion of Persons with Learning Disabilities in our education sector for a better inclusive Africa and to also enable them to achieve their full potential.

Team Talking Charts

Participant interviewed: Eric Wamugu

Country of origin: Kenya 

Webpage/ Social Media:  https://linkedin.com/in/elricwamugu

 

Motivation to participate in the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge:

My main motivation to participate in the ICT 4 Inclusion challenge was to gain access to diverse mentoring opportunities provided by the program ranging from business and financial modeling, impact and sustainability assessment, to building a network of impactful stakeholders for my project.

 

Vision for improving inclusive education for persons with disabilities:

Empower visually impaired students to perform well and confidently pursue STEM-based careers where data literacy is an essential skill for the 21st century.

Team Vinsighte

Country of origin: Nigeria

Webpage/ Social Media:  https://www.facebook.com/tomisin.kolawole

Motivation to participate in the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge

In Africa, visually impaired persons are faced with a lot of challenges most especially reading books and getting access to the right technology. As a team, we are currently working to ensure visually impaired persons in sub-Saharan Africa and Africa at large get access to artificial intelligence based solutions that can help them to read printed books independently and we strongly believe that participating in the ICT4I would open us up to the right knowledge, partnerships and skillets to achieve our goal.

Vision for improving inclusive education for persons with disabilities:

At Vinsighte, our Vision is to ensure visually impaired persons in Africa get access to AI based assistive technologies which would aid them to read printed books and published materials invariably giving them access to inclusive education and job opportunities like their sighted peers.

Team Virtual Education and Training App for persons with Intellectual Disability 

Country of origin: South Africa 

Webpage/Social Media: Twitter: @CMH_NGO Instagram: @CapeMentalHealth Youtube: ww.youtube.com/channel/UCflINdS7CE9FBu42cSKkiMA/ and Website: http://www.capementalhealth.co.za 

Motivation to participate in the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge:

To make a positive difference in the lives of persons with intellectual disability in terms of inclusive education using the latest technology. The ICT4 inclusion challenge seemed to be the best present opportunity to access information, guidance and platform to make our dream become a reality.

For all persons with intellectual disability to be able to access affordable educational opportunities to foster independence and be empowered to take up their rightful place as equal citizens in society.

Vision for improving inclusive education for persons with disabilities:

For all persons with intellectual disability to be able to access affordable educational opportunities to foster independence and be empowered to take up their rightful place as equal citizens in society.

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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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More information on why this challenge is crucial now

Why is this challenge 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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