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10.08.2016 - Communication & Information Sector

Uganda government officials trained on web accessibility for persons with disabilities

Government officials at the training workshop on web accessibility for persons with disabilities in Uganda, CC BY SA/Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU)

The Government of Uganda has been increasing its efforts to computerize its operations and services with over twelve web based e-government systems already rolled out successfully between 2004 to 2015. However, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) environment in Uganda is still not accessible to persons with various disabilities.

It is in this regard, that UNESCO in collaboration with National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) supported Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) to carry out, a 6-day training workshop for Government Officers in charge of websites and web based services in Uganda to obtain additional knowledge and skills on Web Accessibility.  The workshop took place from 22 to 24 June 2016 and from 27 to 29 June in Kampala, Uganda.

The six day training aimed at creating awareness and equip Government Officers with skills on how to develop and maintain ICTs enabled services such as the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS), Electronic Tax Platform (E-Tax), Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS), Health Management Information System (HMIS), Government of Uganda Web Portal, National ID Project, E-Voter Register, and other websites of government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), and make them accessible to persons with disabilities in Uganda.

One participant remarked that "this training workshop has been very helpful and has given me a glance into what Persons with Disabilities go through to access websites and web based services. Now I appreciate the efforts being taken by NITA-U in collaboration with UNESCO to make web content accessible to them".

The training workshop attracted the participation of 80 Government Officers comprising of Information Technology Officers, Webmasters and Public Relations Officers drawn from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Uganda.

With the use of appropriate technology, people with disabilities can easily accomplish daily living tasks, communicate, study, work, engage in recreational activities, find gainful employment and this can go a long way in helping them achieve greater independence and enhance their quality of life. Whereas technology enables able bodied people to significantly improve their personal and professional lives, for persons with disabilities, technology helps them to overcome obstacles which prevent them from accomplishing even the most ordinary tasks.

This activity was organized within the framework of UNESCO’s Actions to enable universal access and promote the rights of persons with disabilities in Uganda and is a direct follow-up to the audit of inclusive ICTS for Education in Uganda, funded under the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) in Uganda. UNESCO works together with UNICEF to increase access to information and inclusive education for persons with disabilities through greater use of assistive technology and creating an enabling environment for the use of Assistive Technology to ensure Inclusive Education and Access to Information.

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