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Regional WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016-2018, Asia and Pacific

ICT Projects and WSIS Action Line Related Activities in Asia and Pacific

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Following the publication of the WSIS Regional Stocktaking series for the period 2014-2016 and its popular reception within the WSIS community, we have prepared new edition of the WSIS Regional Stocktaking with the special focus on how ICTs are helping advance the Sustainable Development Goals on the ground. Our objective is to have a customized reporting by region (based on six ITU regions distribution) that will be considered as a strong reference point to good ICT practices implemented by the different stakeholders (government, private sector, civil society, academia, international organizations, others), generating social impact, partnerships, replicable examples, and advance the achievement of the SDGs.

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Access to information and knowledge

The Access to Information (a2i) Programme of Prime Minister's Office in Bangladesh has established the DAISY-standard Accessible Reading Materials for Students with Visual and Print Disabilities project, which aligns with the SDG 4. In Bangladesh, around 37% of the population (35% illiterate and 2% visually impaired) is falling behind in society because of inaccessibility to reading materials. With the support of a2i’s Service Innovation Fund, the Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) has developed DAISY standard accessible reading materials for students of class 1 to 10 which are handed over to visually impaired students every year on Textbook Day (1st of January) by the Honorable Prime Minister. This has made primary and secondary education inclusive (SDG 4.a) and accessible for all girls and boys, and contributed to improving literacy and numeracy among the user groups.

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