Ben Essien Empowers Visually Impaired Students with ICT Skills

Ben Essien, a University of Cape Coast student, leads a three-day ICT skills training for visually impaired students, teaching them basic computer skills. The training aims to equip students with essential skills, promoting independence and enhancing their future prospects.

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Bijay Laxmi
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Ben Essien Empowers Visually Impaired Students with ICT Skills

Ben Essien Empowers Visually Impaired Students with ICT Skills

From May 9-11, 2024, Ben Essien, a level 300 student at the University of Cape Coast, is leading a groundbreaking three-day ICT skills training for visually impaired students. In collaboration with the Association of Students with Special Needs, Essien aims to equip these students with essential computer skills, enabling them to navigate computers independently and become proficient in basic computer skills.

Why this matters: This initiative has the potential to bridge the digital divide and promote inclusivity in education, ultimately enhancing the employability and social integration of visually impaired individuals. By empowering students withICT skills, it can also lead to increased accessibility and participation in various aspects of society.

Traditionally, visually impaired students have relied on the braille system, which poses challenges in time-bound assignments. Recognizing the need to embrace technology, Essien emphasizes the importance of introducing ICT skills to these students. The training covers basic computer skills, including typing and navigating computers independently.

Opoku Anokye, a beneficiary of the training, expresses gratitude to the Ben Essien movement for its dedication to empowering persons with special needs. "I expressed gratitude to the Ben Essien movement for its dedication to empowering persons with special needs," Anokye states.

Another beneficiary shares their experience, saying, "I lacked basic IT knowledge prior to the sessions... I appreciate learning essential skills such as word formatting and I'm eager to continue learning." The training provides a valuable opportunity for visually impaired students to acquire skills that can enhance their academic and professional prospects.

Essien himself highlights the potential impact of the initiative, stating, "Equipping special needs students with essential IT skills will enhance their future prospects." The University of Cape Coast demonstrates its commitment to supporting students with special needs in their academic and professional endeavors by hosting this training.

The three-day ICT skills training, led by Ben Essien, is a significant step towards empowering visually impaired students at the University of Cape Coast. By equipping them with essential computer skills, the initiative aims to promote independence and enhance future prospects for these students. As Essien aptly puts it, "Equipping special needs students with essential IT skills will enhance their future prospects."

Key Takeaways

  • Ben Essien leads 3-day ICT skills training for visually impaired students at University of Cape Coast.
  • Training aims to equip students with essential computer skills for independence and employability.
  • Initiative bridges digital divide, promoting inclusivity in education and social integration.
  • Students learn basic computer skills, including typing and navigating computers independently.
  • Training enhances future prospects for visually impaired students, says Ben Essien.