Global IT Challenge, India, November 2018.

Emily Rautenbach is an ILS learner at Bridgend College who has secured a place in this year’s Global IT challenge in India.

Incredibly, Emily is the only young woman to make the final four which is a great achievement. Her hard-work and perseverance has not gone unnoticed and her incredible journey is an inspiration to us all.

From being home schooled aged 7 and unable to use a phone to hopefully progressing to a BTEC Level 2 course, Emily is now able to use a variety of different apps such as Facetime and Whatsapp and her confidence has grown dramatically.

The Global IT challenge is a project based on supporting young individuals with disabilities to allow them to have an opportunity for a better future whilst overcoming problems or limitations by challenging misconceptions and defying expectations. Much of this is achieved by introducing and providing access to ICT services.  The main purpose of the project is to reduce the digital divide and to encourage more young people with disabilities to get involved. The skills learnt will not only benefit them in this challenge but are key life skills. The competition will be receiving over 300 participants from all over the globe.

Emily and her teammates will fly out to New Delhi, India, later this year during the 8th -12th of November and we’ll be keeping in touch with her progress. 

Bridgend College wish her all the best and we are all extremely proud of her.

Good luck Emily!