The Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation in partnership with Huawei Technologies- Ghana, and S.A. Limited has introduced a new version of the Girls-in-ICT for Ladies in Tertiary Institutions, an initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), aimed at introducing young girls to basic ICT skills.
Participants, who were drawn from the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) will be taken through a ten (10) day training programme under the theme “Connected Girls, Creating Brighter Futures” in Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security.
Fifty (50) students are participating in a residential training programme scheduled for 19th-28th September 2021 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. Training is being held amid business competitions among various groups to select the most outstanding. Prizes will be awarded to deserving groups.
In a speech to officially launch the program, the Deputy Minister of Communications, Hon Ama Pomaa Boateng said it is the goal of the Government to ensure that girls and young women in Ghana are supported to participate fully in the digital journey of the country. Adding that there is a huge gender gap in the ICT ecosystem and we have made it a priority to close the gap”.
According to her since 2012 when the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), one of the United Nations specialized Agencies responsible for Telecom/ICTs mooted the idea and urged countries to celebrate the Girls in ICT Initiative, Ghana has been dedicated to the celebration.
“We just commemorated the Girls-In-ICT initiative in the Western North Region where One Thousand Girls ranging from upper primary to junior high school were trained in basic computer skills, coding etc. The girls who were not privileged to touching a computer accepted the training with so much exuberance and demonstrated their competence during the competition. One hundred girls who came up tops in the competition were rewarded with laptops. Additionally, 20 out of the 100 girls will have computer labs built for their schools if they do not have any, but if they do, they will be refurbished. I am happy to say we are making a significant impact in the lives of Ghanaian girls and breaking the notion that ICT is a preserve for men” she revealed.
Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful in a short remark indicated that the world has transitioned from manual systems to digital systems to enhance efficiency, transparency, accountability, ease of doing business and educating ourselves.
She stressed the need to empower Ghanaians especially Girls and young women to take up careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI) fields.
“The digital systems being implemented by Government requires digitally skilled manpower to operate and manage the systems for the benefit of the citizenry. This workshop is one of the modules we are introducing to the Girls in ICT Initiative and with the support of Huawei will become an annual program. I am informed that the training will cover emerging topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, etc and Career Guidance and a Business Competition to crown it” she stated.
She, therefore, encouraged the ladies to focus on the training and the business competition and hoped that they become ambassadors to preach the ICT gospel to the younger ones in the primary and SHS schools.
The Director for Public and Government Affairs at Huawei Technologies, Jenny Zhou said Huawei believes that technology innovation can be led by women, and technology in its end can empower women.
She disclosed that Huawei’s female employees have been playing a unique role and making important contributions to the company. Many of them have distinguished themselves and become outstanding leaders.
“In the digital era, the most important measure to bridge the digital gender gap is through education. Whether it is college education or social training, we need to give women more opportunities to participate in the digital profession”.
She encouraged the participants to pay attention to what will be taught during all the sessions so that at the end of the day they can all be leaders in Technology and Change-makers in their various communities to help contribute to a Digital economy.