ICT Use to help educate the blind in Africa:
Lessons from inABLE
Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 12:30 - 2pm
room MC8-300, World Bank MC Building, 1818 H St, Washington, DC
and streamed via WebEx (info at bottom)
Irene Mbari-Kirika, Founder, inABLE
Dr. Bruce Walker, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Much is made of the potential for new technologies to 'revolutionalize' and 'transform' education around the world. While many efforts to introduce ICTs in education have met with mixed results, for some groups of students the transformative potential of technology use is very real.
Based in Kenya, inABLE works with children in rural Africa to help provide blind and visually impaired students with tools and training to pursue their capabilities, regardless of disability or circumstance. Presently, Kenyan schools for the blind do not offer students any computer skills training and graduates students with only Braille reading and writing abilities, only to enter a world completely oblivious to Braille. What’s unique about inABLE’s ICT-based program is that it is a complete assistive technology eco-system that includes accessible hardware, software, computer-lab infrastructure, Internet connectivity and employable skills training.
Thanks to this pioneering assistive computer-technology program, blind and visually impaired students at the schools below are now mastering keyboarding, accessing online educational resources, communicating with new friends worldwide, typing essays, researching homework assignments, and developing employable skills. These students even have access to over 10,000 books courtesy of BookShare.
Alongside its work in schools, inABLE also sponsors research and development activities, studying and measuring the impact of assistive technologies on blind and visually impaired students, and seeking ways to innovate and uncover new breakthroughs. As part of its Mwangaza initiative, inABLE has partnered with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Kenyatta University and local organizations in Kenya to complete a research and development project to help make Math & Science more accessible to blind students by use of assistive technology.
Please join us in a practical conversation with Irene Mbari-Kirika, the founder of inABLE, as she explains what exactly inABLE has been doing in rural schools in Kenya, and how it has been doing it, and hear from Professor Bruce Walker about results from his recent research on the impact of inABLE's work.
- inABLE web site
- video about inABLE's work at the Thika School for the Blind
- interview with inABLE Founder Irene Kirika-Mbari on Kenya's CapitalTalk TV show
- Nationwide Baseline Survey of Learners with Vision Impairment in Kenya (report from Georgia Tech)
WebEx streaming info: direct link (mtg 735333156 ; pw AcF7kZ3y)