The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC), under the Ministry of Communications, has donated 30 laptops to students with special needs at the University of Cape Coast.
The laptops, which have been installed with Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) software, are meant to replace the use of braille which mostly delays students in their quest to accomplish academic tasks.
Aside from the laptops, GIFEC also donated 10 desktop computers and accessories to the ICT laboratory of the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) at the university to support other academic activities.
Speaking at a ceremony at the University of Cape Coast to handover the computers, the Executive Director of GIFEC, Mr. Kofi Asante, indicated that the donation forms part of the organisation’s objective of bridging the digital divide and providing resources for capacity building in Information Communication Technology (ICT), and meeting the needs of under-served and unserved populations, especially PWDs in Ghana.
He added that GIFEC is committed to partnering all educational institutions to build the ICT capacities of PWDs in the country. This will not only empower them to compete favourably in the job market, but will also make their studies less stressful through the reduction of their dependence on braille materials.
The Deputy Minister of Communications, Vincent Sowah Odotei, also pledged government’s commitment in rolling out more initiatives to support the education of PWDs and persons with special needs in the country.