11.03.2018 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Stakeholders of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) validate a UNESCO-supported implementation strategy of the Digital Talent Policy (DTP) for Persons with Disabilities in Rwanda

Validation workshop of an implementation strategy of the Digital Talent Policy (DTP) for the Persons with Disabilities in Rwanda at Nobleza Hotel, Kigali. @UNESCO 2018.

07 March 2018, Kigali, Rwanda: NCPD, in collaboration with UNESCO and the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MiTEC), with the financial support of the UNESCO-Korean Funds-in–Trust (KFIT) project, organized a validation workshop for the implementation strategy of the Digital Talent Policy (DTP) for Persons with Disabilities in Rwanda.

Rwanda policy documents put Knowledge-Economy at the centre of development in Rwanda. As a result, effort must be made for information to be accessible. The ICT in Education Master Plan 2015-2020 states that ‘appropriate, accessible and assistive technology will be deployed to ensure equality and accessibility are addressed regarding visual impairments, learning impairments, mobility and dexterity impairments, hearing impairments and deafness, and language impairments’.

The Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MiTEC) of Rwanda has recently finalized a National Digital Talent Policy (DTP) with the mission ‘to increase digital literacy and skills and across all levels of Rwanda society both in terms of quality and quantity.’ The UNESCO’s Guidelines on the Inclusion of Learners with Disabilities in Open and Distance Learning has also been integrated into this DTP.

The National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) has requested support from UNESCO to develop an implementation strategy for the DTP, with emphasis on the input from UNESCO in the NCPD. The implementation strategy provides a detailed roadmap for achieving the policy vision, mission, and objectives outlined in the DTP. The strategy was developed in close collaboration with NCPD and MiTEC and was developed within Rwandan contexts. 56 officials from Districts, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the Rwanda Education Board, different associations of Persons with Disabilities and representatives from civil society joined the workshop.

Participants discussed the strategy starting from prerequisite actions, implementation actions and monitoring & information dissemination actions in the course of DTP implementation.

Mr. Romalis Niyomugabo, the Chairperson of NCPD as well as Mr. Ndayisaba Emmanuel, the Executive Secretary thanked UNESCO for supporting the development of the Strategy, which provided details in how the needs and interests of Persons with Disabilities can be met in the implementation of the DTP, especially in digital literacy & skills development. They requested District Disability Mainstreaming Offers to start including some activities into their annual Performance Contracts to ensure the implementation of the Strategy.

These activities are part of the ICT Transforming Education in Africa project (2016-2018), that intends to support the integration of ICT-based innovative approaches for education in Mozambique, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. It is developed within the framework of cooperation between UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Korea through the UNESCO-Korean Funds-In-Trust initiative and was launched at the 2015 World Education Forum, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The project is aligned with the Education 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 4 on Education, the Global Education First Initiative, and the Qingdao Declaration on ICT and Education.

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