12 August 2012
The Foundation for IT Accessibility (FITA) last week held its annual ICT Training Certification Ceremony in which 65 students with intellectual and/or communication difficulties were awarded with a certificate of attendance after successfully finishing one of the ICT training courses organised by the Foundation.
The event, presided over by Dolores Cristina, Minister for Education and Employment, marked the closure of the 2011-2012 ICT course sessions.
Matthew Gatt, CEO of MITA who also represented Dr. Godwin Grima as Chairman of FITA, congratulated FITA and all its partner organisations on the growing number of students attending these courses.
FITA ICT training course sessions were held between October 2011 and July 2012 at the Maltese College for Arts Science and Technology (MCAST) ICT Institute, St. Theresa School Girls College, Access at Birgu and Santa Marta day centre in Gozo.
The course held in Gozo was organised with the help of the Santa Marta day centre who provided the premises and the Ministry for Gozo who funded the training services. FITA coordinated the courses together with the Gozo Association of Persons with Disability. Courses held in Malta continue to be organised in collaboration with MCAST, the Directorate for Life Long Learning, and the ACCESS Centre in Birgu.
Minister Cristina encouraged all participants to progress with their studies and said that lifelong learning is more important than ever. The Minister also announced that in the coming weeks, the Directorate for Life Long Learning will be launching even more new training opportunities.
A total of 83 students applied for FITA courses, and 65 certificates of attendance were awarded in total. Another certificate presentation activity will shortly be held in Gozo. 16 students sat for the ECDL examination so far this year and all of them passed, some of them with full marks.
“This augured very well for the students,” commented Mario Pace, Acting Director at the MCAST ICT Institute. Students are now more familiar with ICT and having learnt more about the possibilities provided by ICT, they are interested in furthering their studies through MCAST.
Mr. Stanley M. Debono, CEO of FITA, explained how the Foundation is not only delivering targeted ICT training for persons with an intellectual impairment, geared towards recognised certification standards, but in the process it is also actively empowering disabled employees by providing them with the necessary skills and experiences to contribute to the goals of the organisation.
Mr. Leone Sciberras, services clerk at FITA stated that, “persons with disabilities face barriers of all types. However, technology is helping to remove many obstacles. By using ICT for common tasks such as reading and writing documents, communicating with others, and searching for information on the Internet, employees or students with different disabilities are increasingly able to handle a wider array of activities and work independently.”
Applications for future FITA courses commencing in October are already open. For more information, contact FITA on 25992343 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fitamalta.eu
Source: Malta Independent Online - published on 12 August 2012