RI Global Press Release: President Zhang Haidi Launches Tech Competition

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RI Global: Office of Communications

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On 22 November, Zhang Haidi kicked-off the 25th Global ICT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities (GITC), a capacity-building project that helps youth with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region overcome the digital divide and expand their participation online. A total of 104 contestants with hearing, visual, physical and intellectual disabilities from 16 countries will compete in the event in the city of Yangzhou in east China’s Jiangsu Province. Contestants participate in such activities as information searching, making story books and creating games through Scratch programmes.


“This IT challenge is the best motivation for Youth with Disabilities. I knew “knowledge is power” from my girlhood. After many years of self-teaching in the sickbed and on the wheelchair, I believe more firmly that whether a person is in good health or impairment, knowledge provides him or her with a pair of wings and let them fly in broad sky,” Zhang said in her speech opening the event. “Impairment is not dreadful. It’s never giving up on making efforts that matters. If you keep on learning and enrich yourself with knowledge, you will become a person beneficial to the society.”


The event was jointly organized by the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, Rehabilitation International, the Korean Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities in cooperation with UNESCO and China Internet Development Foundation.


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