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4,000 BENEFIT FROM GIRLS-IN-ICT INITIATIVE

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As Ghana strives to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 5 and 10, which are aimed at reducing poverty and creating wealth in conditions of greater gender equality, the Akufo-Addo government is encouraging more girls to move into information and communications technology (ICT).

As Ghana strives to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 5 and 10, which are aimed at reducing poverty and creating wealth in conditions of greater gender equality, the Akufo-Addo government is encouraging more girls to move into information and communications technology (ICT).

 

The “Girls in ICT” initiative has received priority attention since 2018, attracting 4,000 girls from basic schools.

Beneficiaries

So far this year, the programme has been celebrated in Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Eastern, Greater Accra, Northern and Volta, with the Western Region being the latest to take part in the initiative.

Addressing the Western Region Girls-in-ICT open day initiative at the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Accra, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister for Communications, said the government wants to encourage and empower girls and younger women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICT.

The objective, she explained, is to enable both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in ICT.

Opportunities

“I am very passionate about this event, as it provides an opportunity for young ladies to touch and feel ICT, demystifying it and encouraging them to consider a future in technology,” Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said.

The open-day event in Accra provided an opportunity for gifted beneficiaries to spend time observing female achievers and professionals within the sector at work and to interact with female ICT professionals.

“We hope they will be motivated to aspire to become like them, emulating them as role models, while inspiring their counterparts to do likewise. I wish I’d had a similar experience growing up,” the Minister said.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful thanked Vodafone, MTN and Airtel Tigo, the latest partners in the initiative, as well as the National Communications Authority, National Intelligence Telecommunications Agency, National Cyber Security Centre and Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence, which were drafted into the programme last year, for supporting the initiative.