[AI] International Conference on Enabling Access to Education through ICT

harish harish at accessindia.org.in
Sun Sep 19 04:03:38 EDT 2010


Subject: International Conference on Enabling Access to Education through 
ICT

Dear Friends,
We are organising an international conference on Enabling Access to 
Education through ICT in Delhi in October. The target group is primarily 
educational institutions (from schools to college), disability organisations 
and policy makers. Would really appreciate your help in circulating the call 
for participation to the schools and colleges you are in touch with.
Many thanks, Nirmita

Call for participation

International Conference on Enabling Access to Education Through ICT


When:   27th-29th October, 2010
Where:    Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi


Organisers:
Centre for Internet and Society
The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT (G3Ict) UNESCO ITU WIPO Daisy 
Consortium Digital Empowerment Foundation Society for Promotion of 
Alternative Computing and Employment The Deaf Way Foundation

Event sponsor:
The Hans Foundation

Target audience:
Educators, mainstream and special schools, colleges, universities, 
disability organisations, policy makers, libraries, technology developers 
and other persons and organisations working in this area.


Background:
Children with disabilities in India are often left out of mainstream schools 
due to a variety of reasons, primarily the lack of awareness amongst 
educational organizations and teachers, near absence of infrastructural 
resources and lack of training in this regard. It is believed that barely 
two per cent of the 70 million disabled persons have access to education in 
India. Unless we take special efforts to remedy this situation by equipping 
teachers, educational institutions and the entire social infrastructure to 
adopt innovative, cost effective and technology based resources such as 
assistive technologies, ubiquitous Web, multiple platforms, social networks, 
online libraries and digital resources etc to enable access to education for 
disabled children, they will continue to remain excluded from social 
participation.


Join the Discussion!
The conference will focus on highlighting existing policy and practical 
barriers for students and educational institutions in developing countries, 
showcase ICT based solutions which are presently being adopted in different 
countries, point to existing knowledge resources and emerging trends in 
education.
The conference will look at the various technologies, tools and practices 
that are necessary to bring education within the reach of all persons with 
disabilities as a step towards achieving inclusive education in India. This 
includes education at all levels- primary, secondary and higher education as 
well as distance and online education.

The format of the conference is highly engaging and is designed to enable 
the attendees to explore the challenges and opportunities while equipping 
them with the tools needed to implement ICT solutions within their 
organizations.
The expected outcomes from this conference are:
• Create awareness amongst educators, policy makers and disability 
organizations
• Understand  challenges and explore solutions
• Evolve a set of recommendations for educators on best practices
• Publish a White Paper which will provide a set of recommendations for 
policy makers on inclusive education.
• Create a case study database of best practices on the use of ICTs in 
education for persons with disabilities.
For more details, visit: www.edict2010.in

Please register immediately on line athttp://edict2010.in/register-online/, 
or download and complete the registration form and mail it to 
Nirmita at cis-india.org


Nirmita Narasimhan (Programme Manager)
Centre for Internet and Society
194, 2nd C Cross, Domlur 2nd stage, Bengaluru: 560071
Tel: 080 25350955
mob: 98458 68078
website: www.cis-india.org







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