100 young girls benefit from free ICT capacity building training programme
The ministry of communication took the mantle to its shoulders and made it possible for about 980 young girls from selected basic schools in the Central Region to benefit from free Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capacity building training program.
The five-day intensive training series began on Monday, October 14 and ended on Saturday, October 26. The programme seeks to impact the knowledge of ICT to girls from 14 different regions and to make them have much interest. This initiative put together by the Ministry of Communications is to introduce girls to ICT and break the myths and the gender disparity in ICT usage.
They were taught on the basic aspects of computer, introduction to computer, coding, scratch, dangers of digitization and social media threats and others.
The aim was to make girls understand and know the impact of Technology and develop a deeper understanding that everything is possible in life and in the world. Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekufful, the sector Minister urged young girls to develop an interest in ICT to create opportunities for them in the job market.
The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), Metropolitan, Municipal and Chief Executives (MMDCES) and some Executives from the ministry toured Centre in Salt pond in the Mfantseman Municipality, Abobo, near Swedru in Gomoa Central and Swedru in the Agona West Municipality.
Mrs Owusu-Ekufful, made it known that 100 students would be selected from the region and efficiently supported through mentoring, coaching and interactions by key industry players to gain the necessary experiences for life. According to her, this initiative formed part of government’s efforts to encourage girls to be more confident, especially in controlling their lives and claiming their rightful place in Technology.
She continued by saying, real education is a necessity to female as well and that the young girls should not be discouraged but rather be motivated and to find adequate solutions to their problems with their own works and adequate Technology mindset. “We want to use STEM to spark new interests, make real-life connections, and fight stereotypes and obstacles facing young girls and women to unearth their talents to support their livelihoods and country. She said.
The Minister said although the global proliferation of technology was good for the development of countries, it had increased the rate of cybercrime, and social vices and stressed the need for them to flee from such ICT related activities that would eventually ruin their lives.