The Gambia, Civic Engagement, 2015
Alieu Jaiteh has over eight years' experience working with blind and partially sighted people in the Gambia. He is the founder of Start Now, an organization with the mission to train and empower blind and partially sighted high school graduates with computer skills as a preparation for higher education and employment. He also works as a teacher at the School For The Blind, where he teaches keyboarding to blind children. Alieu holds a Higher Teacher's Certificate from the Gambia College School of Education, specializing in General Science and Agriculture and acquired leadership training on project management from Kanthari in India, as well as blind technique skills from Louisiana Centre for the Blind (US). Upon completion of the Fellowship, Allie plans to expand his organization as a regional hub to empower blind adults on ICT, and to campaign against societal prejudices and discrimination towards visually impaired people.