‘Differently-abled’ Filipino students bag gold, silver medals in 2019 Global IT Challenge in Korea

  • Filipino youth with disabilities won a total of 11 medals from the recent 2019 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities (GITC) in South Korea
  • The Philippine team consisting of four public high school students outperformed other contenders from 19 other countries
  • Florenz Jaime Fernandez, Karl Francis Du, Keith Rafael Ignacio, and Ace Benedict Dayto took home 5 gold and 6 silver medals after winning team and individual excellence awards

A group of Filipino youth with disabilities bagged a total of 11 medals after winning several team and individual excellence awards from the recent 2019 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities (GITC) held in Busan, South Korea last November 25 to 29.

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The Philippine team consisting of four ‘differently-abled’ public high school students outperformed other contenders from 19 other countries. They received 5 gold medals and 6 silver medals from the information technology (IT) competition.

Two members of the team come from Valenzuela National High School. They are Keith Rafael Ignacio, who has a learning disability and Florenz Jaime Fernandez, who has low vision.

Meanwhile, Karl Francis Du, who has difficulty in hearing, is from the Manila High School while Ace Benedict Dayto, who has motor disability comes from General Pio Del Pilar National High School.

Each of them received a gold medal for getting the Best Award from the eContent Challenge, which involved video making and editing. The team also came home with silver medals from their Excellence Award in eCreative Challenge, which required them to assemble, program, and maneuver robot car.

Some members also received individual recognition.

Fernandez got an Excellence Award in the eLifemap Challenge (web browsing) and 2019 Global IT Leader award. Du, on the other hand, also received an Excellence Award in the eTool Challenge (Powerpoint and Excel).

Among the students’ hands-on trainers were Sarah Acero, Juan Paolo Espiritu, Simon Mabanta, Joshua Suarez, and Bernalyn Decena.

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The competition was hosted by an international non-government organization called Rehabilitation International.

It aims to empower persons with disabilities by giving them access to technology and education. It also showcases the potential of ‘differently-abled’ students for a decent employment.

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