| Khal Baharulalam |
THE Special Education Unit (SEU) of the Ministry of Education (MoE) will for the second time be sending students with disabilities to take part in this year’s Global IT Challenge (GITC) for Youth with Disabilities in Busan, South Korea.
The entourage departed yesterday from the Brunei International Airport.
Six students with special needs have been selected by the MoE to represent Brunei in the competition, all of whom were selected based on their IT skills and competencies.
The event, to be held from December 9 to 13, takes place at the Busan Exhibition & Convention Centre (BEXCO), and will see the participation of various delegations comprising youth with disabilities, senior officials and IT policy experts from Asia and the Pacific regions.
Brunei’s student representatives will also compete in a special IT competition with other young representatives from different countries.
The chosen six are accompanied by two officers from the SEU as their chaperons, while another two officers will be representing Brunei in the IT Forum and serve as mentors.
This year’s competition among others aims to reduce the digital divide, expand the participation of youth with disabilities and promote the implementation of the Lacheon Strategy to ‘Make the Right Real’ for people with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific.
There are plans for the GITC for Youth with Disabilities to be organised annually in various parts of the Asia-Pacific region as part of efforts to promote ICT partnership amongst youth with disabilities.
Last year, the GITC was held at the United Nations (UN) Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, where two Bruneian students with sensory impairments – Md Hafizuddin bin Hj Alidi and Izzatul Fatin Nabilah binti Muhaimin/Norasikin – each managed to secure the second runner-up place in their respective categories.