Connect with the digital world to empower Ghana – Ayorkor Botchwey
The current Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchway has made an appeal to Ghanaians asking them make an effort to connect with the digital world and make Ghana an economic powerhouse.
She made this appeal in her address at the launch of the Huawei Digital Skill Training for Female Students and Residents of the Ga Central Municipality at Anyaa-Sowutuom in Accra.
The launched programme seeks to achieve objectives such as bridging the gender gap in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and motivating women and young girls to consider career options in that field.
“We are not just building a 21st century economy of Ghana Beyond Aid, but an economy that empowers the fitter, the cocoa farmer, the dressmaker, the market woman as well as the large companies to take full advantage of demand and share in its profits,” the Minister said.
“Bringing tech to our communities is a huge step as we strategically position our country to use ICT to accelerate our national development. It breaks income and social barriers, expands opportunities for everyone and provides government with the capacity to help improve lives and livelihoods, so let’s embrace it.”
Madam Shirley Botchwey said the Government has proactively been championing ICT education at all levels, and “this is part of its firm resolve and commitment to achieving the SDG-4, which calls for Ensuring Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Promoting Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All.”
She spoke of the government’s effort at bridging the widening ICT gender gap, as well as accomplishing SDG-5 on “Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering all Women and Girls,” She also commended that the partnership programme with Huawei (Huawei Seeds for the Future-Women in Tech) was in the right direction.