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ICT Training for girls with Disabilities

In order to achieve prosperity for all we must ensure everyone has an opportunity for employment and ICTs offer such a solution for girls.

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Explain your idea

The gender gap in the I.T profession goes further than seeing few women among a company’s tech team, it also spans rarely seeing women with Disabilities as part of the tech team. If we would like to close this gap, we need to work from the bottom up, we need to start exposing and encouraging girls with Disabilities to join the I.T profession. In today's technological world the ability to learn I.T skills amounts to personal capital and we need to equip more girls with Disabilities with lifelong personal capital. It is believed capital is a primary pre-requisite to being a successful entrepreneur, contributor to national development, creator of a successful nation and find purpose

Who Benefits?

The "target audience" are girls with Disabilities from age 10 to 19, and the aim of “Girls with Disabilities in ICT” project is to cover girls in this age bracket by providing one introduction to computers class per week, and then coding, web development and blogging classes on weekends and holiday camps to bring all the girls together with respect to their Dis-Ability and with this done we shall surely achieve a 50/50 gender balance in the I.T profession and reduce inequalities.

How is your idea unique?

It aims at bridging the gap between men and women in It and at the same create equal prosperity opportunities for all regardless of their disability.

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototyping: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing my idea.

Tell us more about you

I am a young male Zambian and a volunteer for netsquared and Defeating blindness in Zambia. There are members of society that have shown interest to train and through talks with disability rights watch zambia I was able to secure trainer of trainee trains for volunteers who will train the girls. this will give them sign language skills and many more.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • No, but we plan to register in the future.

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Hello Albert + team! We wanted to let you know that there's another ongoing OpenIDEO challenge right now focused on disability in case you are interested. Check it out: