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Involving children and teachers with disabilities in Information Communication Technology in education to suit dynamic global environment.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Access to ICT Education by the disabled children and disabled teachers is a major challenge in the Zimbabwean Education system. This crisis is easily overlooked because most policy makers and implementers in the education systems do not have disabilities. As Young Professional Educators of Zimbabwe, a Trust organisation that I founded with objectives of providing a support system for teachers with disabilities as well as capacity building for young teachers to provide quality education which is inclusive to all, together with my team we shall spearhead a ICT Inclusive Model School as a pilot project that will look into acquiring the disability gadgets, integration of disabled and non disabled children through ICT exchange programmes and inclusive facilities. To support this school, we shall embark on massive Advocacy and Lobbying to raise awareness on inclusive ICT Education, lobbying the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority for free tax on disability gadgets. Capacity Building workshops for skills development and knowledge for the District Heads, school heads, disabled teachers, computer studies teachers and special class teachers. Policy advice to make sure that the ICT policy and Inclusive education policies are institutionalized in relation to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2013 and the African Charter Article 13.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The schools shall be the major beneficiary. In the school we have the children and teachers with disabilities that will benefit directly from this project. From the pilot project we target at least 10 teachers with physical disabilities, hearing impairments and visual impairments. We also target to assist exactly 10 children with disabilities in the pilot project. These children may come from different schools coming to attend the ICT lessons at the Belvedere Primary School once every week for the whole year. 10 children with no disabilities will also have access to learn how to use these gadgets through the integration programme. Generally, children learn through assisting each other, therefore to avoid stereotyping these gadgets, we shall engage the children with no disabilities. Provincial Education Director and the 10 District School Inspectors shall also receive training on the strategic planning workshop on how to implement ICT Inclusive Education. These are the policy designers

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Most organisations doing advocacy for disability issues are mobilizing short term benefits such as food handouts and money. What makes us stand out of the rest is that we are doing capacity building and equipping the disabled with skills that make them adapt to the dynamic global world. Our organisation is unique in the sense that it is the only Trust Organisation for teachers. Most teacher organisations are associations that major in collective bargaining and negotiating for teachers. We are unique because we promote the development of a teacher for the benefit of the education system. Our approach is more successful and well thought idea because it is a contemporary approach that gives skills instead of spoon-feeding. We have a sustainable and empowering model.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

We are concerned about the future of Zimbabwean Education system, value our professional ethics and integrity and deeply care about continuous learning for adaptability in dynamic global village.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

I am a teacher by profession and a YALI 2016 Civic Leadership Alumni. I practically do advocacy on may cross cutting issues including gender, LGBTI and youth participation. I worked for the Police for four years and left because I was not comfortable with commands which are to be followed blindly. I went for teacher training and I discovered that subordination is the same but however in teaching there is room for expansion. I felt there is need for change and I founded this organisation.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Policies for the disabled are influenced by politicians who are the policy makers in Zimbabwean context. The issue of ICT is leaving out the dissabled and the basic problem does not lie in policy making but in implementation as a matter of fact. The implementation of Inclusive Education due to economic melt down in Zimbabwe is making school administrators abandon the needs of the disabled children and teachers. Most schools do not have disability friendly ICT gadgets, facilities and equipment. The disabled people are not having peace and the opportunities for prosperity for them are next to none. The community see the disabled as a charity case but after taking a deeper analysis, the governments and education managers and administrators are neglecting the disabled. They need capacity building and training so that they see ICT relevant in their lives for them to start their enterprises in future.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Our major partners is the Ministry of Education and UNICEF. The ministry will assist us by giving us permission to operate in schools and training of teachers. together with UNICEF they will help us with the acquisition of materials for training and the equipment needed for the pilot school model. The expected outcome from the pilot project is establishing a school computer laboratory that has ramps for wheel chairs, louder speakers for the teachers and children with hearing impairments, the braille keyboard for the visually impaired and the teachers with skills of operating the gadgets of disabled people. We anticipate cooperation and continuity of our project and its expansion to other schools. To sustain this project we will be the accredited supplier of disability friendly gadgets and hoping to get reduced tax on importing these gadgets.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Our organisation is already a teacher-membership based organisation. Our beneficiaries are participants of the pilot project. The intended school for the pilot project is where I work and the administration at my school will be excited to support this cause. The school already has a constructed and electrified computer laboratory that we intend to modify to suit inclusive ICT Education,we will not start from establishing new infrastructure.

Geographic Focus

This idea cuts across all sections of the community, both urban and rural.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

twelve (12) months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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Thanks very much please follow the link to find the public discussion that we carried out on Friday hosted by Signs of Hope Trust our partner. I was one of the panelists where we tackled the role of youth in national Development. We were looking at the youth with disabilities.

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Providing an inclusive education is still even an issue here in the Netherlands. I can imagine that generation after generation of disabled children will continue to live in a disadvantaged position. Perhaps it's also a good idea to collaborate with the disabled youth themselves? Ask them what they need the most? So you are inclusive from the get go and they will feel empowered in more than one way. And if the perception of the community is that they are a 'charity case', perhaps you should involve them or do outreach, so they will change in perception as well.

Good luck in any case, it sounds very promising!

M. Ahmadi

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thank you bikash. we hope to get a sponsorship soon to get our project on the roll. we advocate equality in the society. the persons living with disabilities have the right to keep up with the everchanging global community. Technology is advancing everyday and we intend to see the people living with disabilities move with time in Zimbabwe education system.

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Hi Saymore, thanks for sharing your idea. One thing that impressed me was you have deeper understanding of the problems existing in your locality. Your idea has the sweet intersection of planet, peace and prosperity, would love to read more about them in this proposal. Best wishes! Looking forward to learn more.