PH Youth With Disabilities Win Big At Korean IT Competition
PH YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES – These youths from the Philippines prove that even with disabilities they can make their country proud.
As the 2019 SEA Games take place, the Philippine Team has led the standings bagging gold medals. Meanwhile, these amazing youth bagged their own set of medals in an IT competition in South Korea.
According to an article from ABS-CBN, four students from Philippine public high schools joined the Global IT Challenge for Youth With Disabilities (GITC). It was held in Busan from Nov. 25 to 29.
The event was hosted by international non-government organization Rehabilitation International. Their goal was to empower people with disabilities and provide access to technology, education, and decent employment.
The Philippine team topped 19 other countries and brought home 5 gold medals and 6 silvers. As per the article, they won the Best Award (Gold) for eContent Challenge.
This event required the team to create and edit a video. They also got an Excellence Award (Silver) in the eCreative Challenge.
This involved assembling, programming, and maneuvering a robot car. Adding to this, two of the Pinoy participants received individual excellence awards.
The Philippine team included in the competition were:
- Florenz Jaime Fernandez
- Valenzuela National High School
- He has low vision
- Karl Francis Du
- Manila High School
- He is deaf
- Keith Rafael Ignacio
- Valenzuela HighSchool
- Has a learning disability
- Ace Benedict Dayto
- General Pio Del Pilar National High School
- Has a motor disability
With their victory, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) officer-in-charge Mateo Lee Jr made this statement:
Oftentimes, the public sees persons with disabilities as charity cases, hard to train and with no skills
Our success here shows that we can be globally competitiveMateo Lee Jr
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