The Emirate of Abu Dhabi, represented by Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, will host “Global Information Technology Challenge for People of Determination" (GITC) International Competition in 2023, for the first time in the Middle East. This competition aims to enhance digital awareness and learn digital skills for youth of determination with developmental disabilities
The competition is an initiative that lows directly into the national policy to empower people of determination launched by the UAE government with the aim of their empowerment, and is in line with the strategy of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for people of determination, which aims to make Abu Dhabi an inclusive environment that allows equitable access to people of determination and upholds their rights. The competition aims to enable people of determination to access information using their individual capabilities without the need for assistance from others. It is also an opportunity to bridge the digital divide, which represents one of the challenges for any digital transformation initiative for this category of people of determination (people with developmental disabilities).
His Excellency Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi, UAE Ambassador to Seoul, participated in the award ceremony of the Global IT Challenge for Youth and Disabilities 2022, and delivered a speech in which he congratulated those in charge of the success of the event, and highlighted the efforts made by the UAE in empowering youth, especially people of determination. His Excellency expressed his happiness at choosing the UAE as the first country in the Middle East to host the Global IT Challenge for Youth and Disabilities, in cooperation with Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, and highlighted the State's preparations to host the event in the next year.
In a press statement, His Excellency added: The Global IT Challenge for Youth and Disabilities (GITC( is a project that aims to reduce the digital divide among people of determination by developing their skills and capabilities in information technology, which enhances their participation in society and contributes to providing job opportunities in various fields. In this context, he praised the participation of Zayed Higher Organization in this global challenge, which reflects the great interest and distinguished activity of the Organization at the international level and the determination to reach the highest ranks. “The UAE's strategy for people of determination always seeks to empower and integrate the various segments of society in achieving their aspirations and expectations and providing them with a decent life", he confirmed.
His Excellency Abdullah Abdul Ali Al Humaidan, Secretary-General of Zayed Higher Organization, welcomed the hosting of the competition in Abu Dhabi, and said that hosting the Global IT Challenge for People of Determination (GITC) demonstrates the State's status, ability and the great success factors it possesses for various events and occasions, in addition to its integrated infrastructure and basic pillars, in light of the wise leadership's support for development operations in various fields, to demonstrate to the whole world on every occasion its superior ability to impress everyone, and its keenness to achieve the highest rates and standards of organizational success.
He thanked the GITC officials for their confidence in Abu Dhabi hosting the challenge, and said: “Hosting this challenge comes to achieve the vision of the UAE in general, and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular in serving people of determination, and in an effort to build bridges of cooperation and exchange experiences with the relevant authorities, at local, regional and global levels, regarding the development and exchange of experiences with various international bodies specialized in matters of people of determination.
His Excellency Abdullah Al Humaidan indicated that the GITC is a project to enhance the information and communication technology capabilities of young people of these categories, lay the foundation for social progress and improve awareness of their digital accessibility. The event will be hosted in the UAE and the Middle East for the first time as an Arab country.
The GITC began in 1992 in South Korea with the aim of reducing the digital divide for people of these categories. Since 2011, GITC has been expanded to include young people of determination all over the world, with a focus on Asia and Pacific region, to enhance their participation in society by accessing higher education and finding job opportunities. In 2024, it will be developed into a more sustainable competition by enhancing the credibility of the internationally renowned competition and the independence of the participating countries.
Areas of Competition
The competition consists of six (6) areas, with the possible participation of people of determination in only one area, firstly: the assessment of the presentation creation and edition skills; secondly: the assessment of skills necessary to use functions, and calculate and edit data in certain circumstances using Excel; thirdly: the assessment of skills of research and use of information that deals with daily life problems using the international information network (Internet); fourthly: the assessment of skills of making and editing videos that deal with specific topics creatively; fifthly: assessing the Scratch Program skills for Self-Driving Car Simulation (Coding); and sixthly: the assessment of skills to make life more suitable for people of determination through information technology or the basic idea.
It is worth noting that Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination participated in the competition held in India in 2018 with one student, and also participated in the competition organized by Japan in 2021 (remotely) with four students.
The participating countries in the competition are the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of China, the Philippines, India, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, East Timor, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Nepal.