Special needs students to compete in China

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

FOUR students with special needs will be selected to represent the sultanate in the Global IT Challenge (GITC) Competition for Youths with Disabilities on November 21-25 in China.

As a step to identify the potential candidates for the regional competition, the Special Education Unit at the Ministry of Education organised the first Local IT Challenge (LITC).

Seventeen local students with special needs from nine government secondary schools participated in the LITC, which was held on June 16-22.

The students took part in five categories, including the e-Tools Challenge: Microsoft Excel; e-Tools Challenge: Microsoft PowerPoint; e-Life Map Challenge; e-Design Challenge; and e-Creativity Challenge.

The chairperson of the LITC award ceremony, Ali Yusri Abdul Ghafor, said in his speech that since 2013, Brunei has sent 10 special needs students to take part in the GITC, where Brunei managed to take home one gold, six silver and three bronze medals.

“This year, four special needs students will represent Brunei. These students were chosen based on their overall results in the LITC and other criteria set by the organisers,” said Ali Yusri, who is also the acting head of the Special Education Unit.

The annual GITC will take place in Jiangsu, China.

Other than identifying the local representatives for the regional competition, Ali Yusri said the LITC competition also aims to help special needs students become digitally literate and obtain 21st century skills.

He hopes the LITC will be held annually for the special needs students.

He added that the Special Education Unit also plans to create more services and educational programmes for special needs students. The unit is also active in continuing to enhance its special needs teachers’ knowledge and skills through IT for the students.

“In order to increase the achievements of these students, it’s crucial to increase the skills of their teachers. IT teachers need to have broad knowledge about computer and software accessibility,” he said.

During the LITC award ceremony yesterday at the Ministry of Education, a student from Rimba Secondary School, Ahmad Fa’ez Abdul Hadi, was awarded the LITC Overall Winner.

The Director-General of Education, Hj Abdul Rahim Hj Derus, was present to hand over the awards and certificates to the students for their achievements in their respective categories.

The Brunei Times