Tamkeen’s Summer Camp
IT skills to visually impaired
Tamkeen, an initiative of H.H. General Sheikh
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE
Defence Minister aimed at empowering visually impaired people,
is conducting a summer camp for visually-impaired high-school
students to teach them key information technology (IT) skills.
The eight-week summer camp, which started on the 1 July, will
run till the end of August, 2005.
Covering areas such
as general IT awareness, computer applications, Windows,
Office (basics including Word) and key board typing, the
96-hour camp seeks to develop students’ skills in basic
software programmes that would supplement their learning
experience in school.
“Technology for people with
special needs has evolved to a level that allows them to
become as effective participants in social and cultural life
as anyone else,” said Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director of
Tamkeen. “This summer camp imparts certain IT skills that
will help visually impaired students widen their educational
horizons and lead more productive lives. The camp also
addresses the need for IT skills to be learned at a young,
formative stage in the lives of people with special needs,”
The training is provided by Tamkeen’s
sister organisation, the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al
Maktoum IT Education Programme (ITEP). ITEP has developed
several cutting-edge technologies and solutions over the last
few years for people with social needs.
completion of the summer training, the seven students
participating in the camp will be awarded a certificate.
Tamkeen is a non-profit centre
initiated by H.H General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
and supported by Knowledge Village, British Council, and
biz-ability aimed at empowering vision impaired individuals in
UAE through training, support, and counseling. Tamkeen
operates in association with Dubai Knowledge Village and is
mainly sponsored by Emirates Airlines.