ICT training for the disabled
H.E. John Dramani Mahama, Vice-President has launched an ICT programme in Accra which seeks to train 5,000 people living with disabilities (PWDs) in the assembling and repair of mobile phones and computers.
The programme is known as the Persons with Disability ICT Project and the beneficiaries will be deployed to the 45 training centres of the Institute of Technology of rLG Communications spread across the regional and district capitals, where they will be provided with the best hands-on ICT training expected to commence in January 2012.
The launch which was under the theme: ‘Equipping Persons with Disability with ICT Skills for Today’s World’, brought together PWDs and other allied groups at the Accra International Conference Centre.
Mr. Mahama said Cabinet has in October this year, approved a memorandum to collaborate with rLG Communications, a local ICT firm, to embark on the training programme which will last six months to build the capacities of PWDs, in order to empower them to secure sustainable jobs.
According to him, provisional estimates of the 2011 Population and Housing Census put the number of PWDs at 4.2 million, representing 20 percent of the population, hence government finding it prudent to conceive a programme to develop the capacities of PWDs to contribute their quota to national development.
He pointed out that the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare (MESW), also has nine vocational and rehabilitation center where PWDs are trained in various skills, such as basket weaving and wood work.
Mr. Mahama added that Cabinet has also given approval for an increase in the percentage of the District Assemblies Common Fund allocated to PWDs from two to three percent, with guidelines in place for the disbursement of the funds.