Dr. Collins Yeboah-Afari, the Director-General of The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (GI-KACE), has disclosed that Ghana is committed to carrying along Persons with Disability (PWDs) in the government’s Digitalisation Agenda.
Dr. Yeboah -Afari, who was speaking at a workshop on Digital Accessibility for Persons with Disability (PWD) in Ghana at the GI-KACE auditorium on Wednesday, November 2, touted the various efforts made by government agencies to make Digital Innovations accessible for PWDs to ensure that they contribute to the development of the country.
“As government champions the Digitalisation Agenda, led by our Hon. Minister, everyone, including PWDs, will have a part to play in achieving the digitalization agenda. This also means that government agencies and the private sector will have to make Digital Innovations accessible for all PWDs to ensure that they contribute to the development of the Digital ecosystem, which will, in turn, help strengthen our economy. Effective digital skills that fully equip the individual holistically are crucial in equipping PWDs to improve their standard of living and bring out innovation and ingenuity.” he said.
During her keynote address, the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation (MoCD), Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, noted that the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) in collaboration with GIZ, this year, trained about 150 Persons with Disability (PWDs) on the use of handheld devices to access information and government services.
She stated that as part of the training, assistive technologies were provided to the PWDs to aid them in the use of the devices without difficulty – adding, that, several students with disability in Secondary and Tertiary institutions across the country.
The workshop was organized by the E-Transform Project, World Bank, GI-KACE, MoCD, and the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, with focus on amplifying the importance of digital accessibility to the physically challenged, interventions that could be implemented, gaps in digital accessibility, and solutions to strengthen policy directives.
The Hon, Minister used the opportunity to urge the private sector and developing partners to provide assistive technology-enabled handheld devices such as screen readers, magnifiers, captioning, transcription, subtitles, wearable devices, and others to help bridge the gender digital gap