Ghana will this year celebrate the International Girls in ICT Day on Friday May 4, 2018, a week after it was marked by member states of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The Day has been set aside to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
Under the global theme: “Expanding horizons and changing attitudes”, the Ministry of Communications has organized an event to commemorate the day at the Kwame Nkrumah University Great Hall, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, a statement signed by communications specialist Sandra Frimpong said.
As part of the event, six hundred (600) Junior High School students have been selected from various districts in the Ashanti region to undergo training in selected ICT programs with an award scheme for the best performing ten (10) students. This training will be held concurrently in Six (6) districts with training providers from KACE, WOMEN-IN-TECH, and GHANA CODING CLUB.
The 4-day training will have women role models from the country’s ICT sector to give motivational talks to the students on the growing and rewarding careers in ICT.
In fulfilling its mandate to promote access to ICT among girls and teachers in the country, the Ministry of Communication is calling upon teachers, parents and the general public to encourage girls to take an interest in the study of science subjects and consider a career in ICT. It is also important that employersshould make a deliberate effort to hire female ICT experts who can take up leadership roles in the country’s ICT sector.