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Tech giant and Audio Books Charity Fund for the Blind to provide local visually-impaired people with ICT training.
Microsoft Vietnam and the Audio Books Charity Fund for the Blind have recently launched the “ICT Training for Visually-Impaired People” project in Ho Chi Minh City. The NGO is the main partner of Microsoft Vietnam in the philanthropic project.
The project will implemented for one year, until March 2018, with a view to providing ICT training for the visually impaired, teaching them how to use computing to connect to global networks and gain access to the vast source of knowledge on the internet.
In addition to providing ICT skills, the project will also enhance the employability of the visually impaired through career orientation and job search assistance.
Other sponsors such as the Tan Nam Do Trading and Service Co. and the Vietnam Foundation donated 30 computers to the Audio Books Charity Fund and 77 “365computers” especially designed for the visually impaired, respectively.
The highlight of the project is the very first Vietnamese ICT training curriculum developed by blind lecturers for visually-impaired people, with support from Microsoft Vietnam. Ten qualified blind trainers who all possess bachelor degrees in relevant fields have completed Train the Trainer courses with Audio Books Library. All software used in the training program was donated by Microsoft.
The program is expected to benefit significant numbers of visually-impaired people in Ho Chi Minh City. Each training course lasts for three months with 15 students per class, which has three sessions per week and four hours per session.
“Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more,” said Mr. Khoa Pham, Corporate External and Legal Affairs Director at Microsoft Vietnam. “This training will hopefully open up opportunities for the visually-impaired community to improve their quality of life and reach further. If successful, Microsoft will extend the initiative to other cities and provinces in Vietnam for a wider impact. Microsoft not only provides cash grants to the project but also donates time, technology, and expertise to benefit the visually impaired.”
Ms. Nguyen Huong Duong, Director of Audio Books Library, said that “these projects will not only benefit the blind but also inspire blind communities by helping them integrate into society with the help of ICT skills.”