Digital Inclusion in Macedonia
The “Open the Windows” association held a round table on the topic “Digital Inclusion in Macedonia” on March 20th in the “Porta” hotel in Skopje.
The round table organized within the framework of the Get Online Week campaign brought together representatives of the Ministry of Information Society and Administration (MISA), The Faculty of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering, the Metamorphosis Foundation, educational institutions, civil society organizations, elementary schools and people with disabilities.
“I recommend that all web solutions developers use the customized WCAG guide for web accessibility available on the Ministry’s website, and to make the websites accessible for assistive devices,” said MISA’s deputy minister, Marta Arsovska -Tomovska. “People who benefit the most from using information and communication technologies are mostly people who are more likely to be excluded from the opportunity to use the benefits offered by new technologies. It’s up to us to change this.”
“E-accessible education increases the educational opportunities for students with special educational needs. The introduction of assistive technology in 21 primary schools in Macedonia in the last school year confirms this” said Magdalena Dimkova Velevska, a special education teacher from “Open the windows”.
Nowadays we can no longer be satisfied only with declarations and desires for inclusion, but we have a responsibility and citizens have the right to be included! So much can be done to positively affect the lives of many people, if only we could slightly improve our work by taking into account the needs of people with disabilities and other marginalized communities.”
said Bardhyl Jashari, director of the Metamorphosis Foundation for Internet and Society.
The participants were unanimous that it is necessary to intensify the ongoing efforts and initiatives in order to improve the digital inclusion in Macedonian society.
Participants, including deputy minister Marta Arsovska-Tomovska backed the Get Online Week campaign by filling out the digital counter.