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Partnering for Digital Inclusion in Ghana – Empowering Visually Impaired Individuals

Under the umbrella of the existing collaboration, the ITU and the STMicroelectronics Foundation have been working together to offer basic digital skills training for visually impaired people in Ghana.

In November 2023, the Foundation, with the support of the ITU and its local partner, the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), launched the inaugural ICB4VI train-the-trainers course. Held at the University of Ghana, the training aimed to narrow the digital gap for blind people in the country, gathering the first 20 trainers. Through low-cost assistive technologies for education, this course sought to help people with visual impairments familiarize themselves with technology.

By giving sighted trainers an immersive experience similar to their visually impaired counterparts, the program took a new approach to promoting empathy and understanding. Thanks to Professor Bernareggi and Sada Kane, who managed the three-week course, it was possible to graduate all the participants who are now ready to cascade this unique experience further.

Based on this first activity in mid-March, the local partner is preparing to launch its first ICB4VI courses, aiming to reach at least 150 visually impaired Ghanaian citizens.