Qatar Charity, Microsoft delivers ICT training to children with disabilities
The mentoring initiative coincides with International Day for Persons with Disabilities
Qatar Charity has partnered with Microsoft Qatar to deliver ICT training and teach the basics of computing to children with mild special needs.
The partnership was as part of the Computer Science Week initiative, where children with mild disabilities, orphans, young Qatari females and Qatari mothers will be coached by Microsoft's Philanthropies and Services experts on ICT.
During the classes, which began at the start of December, Microsoft experts covered what a computer is and the varying types of device that qualify as computers. During the ongoing classes, students will learn what components are inside a computer, how to use a mouse and keyboard, and an overview of the Windows desktop, as well as software applications such as Microsoft Paint, Word and PowerPoint.
Students also learnt about the Internet, as Bilal Tamimi discussed what it is, how it works and how to get the most out of it, covering web services, such as Bing, Skype and Outlook email.
Hamed Shihadeh, community partnership manager, Qatar Charity, said: "In ensuring the basic human dignity of all, regardless of circumstance, access to technology is a critical step. It is a privilege to once again work with Microsoft towards this goal, as we prepare to observe International Day for Persons with Disabilities. Microsoft has done great work around the world in bringing the latest hardware and software to the underprivileged and those with special needs. They are a key partner in our ongoing work here in Qatar."
Lana Khalaf, acting general manager of Microsoft Qatar, added: "While great technology is a boon to many, some people have yet to benefit from advances in services and applications. Citizen programmes like Philanthropies allow us to extend our delivery ecosystem and place valuable, beneficial tools in the hands of even more people."
On 22 December, Qatar Charity will turn its attention to Internet safety, by running awareness sessions for Qatari mothers that will allow them to keep their children from coming to harm when surfing the World Wide Web.