Delila of Sankore D/A Primary crowned Ahafo winner of Girls-in-ICT
Ms. Juliet Delila, a 12-year student of Sankore District Assembly ‘A’ Junior High School in the Asunafo South District has been delegated victor of the Girls-in-ICT drive in the Ahafo Region.
The Girls-in-ICT initiative is one of the lead projects of the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation (MoCD) and is in accordance with the International Girls-in-ICT Day, an initiative presented in 2012 and upheld by all Worldwide Communications Unions (ITU) Member States.
It targets empowering and engaging young ladies to consider studies and vocations in ICT in the developing fields of ICTs, empowering young ladies and innovation organizations to receive the rewards of more noteworthy female cooperation in the ICT area.
For her award, Ms. Delila, who had the chance to join 1,000 Basic School young ladies in the locale to go through a one-week ICT preparation, brought back home GhC3,000 cash, a PC, and a plaque.
Ms. Margaret Anane, who is also 12, and a class six pupil of the Hwidiem Roman Catholic Primary School in Asutifi South District emerged second and got a PC, GHC 2,500, and a plaque.
Nancy Ezel Owusuaa, 14, a JHS 1 student Duayaw-Nkwanta Presbyterian ‘B’ JHS in Tano North Municipality was third and got a PC, GHC 2000, and a plaque.
Hundred other equally deserving students who partook in the training that acquainted the recipients with fundamental computing skills including coding, programming, and gaming from scratch each got a PC and a certificate.
Talking at a vivid service held at Acherensua in the Asutifi South District of the locale to end the training, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communication and Digitalisation saluted the young ladies and requested that they utilize the PCs for scholarly purposes.
She made known her Ministry’s assurance to guarantee more young ladies, especially those in rural areas to effectively access ICT training, not exclusively to overcome any barrier between the rich and poor people, yet in addition give them the essential openness.
“We need to provide reliable internet connectivity to enable these girls to easily connect to the digital platforms”, she said, indicating that the MoCD was building 28 cell sites in the region under its Rural Telephony Project.
Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said the Ministry was setting up a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center at Akrodie in the locale and implored educators to direct the young ladies to deliberately utilize the PCs.
Nana Kofi Asare, the Acting Chief Corporate Officer, MTN Ghana, one of the significant supporters of the Girls-in-ICT drive said that the organization had put GHC10 million into the program for the period of three years to well position the MoCD to seek after the country’s digitalization plan.
“In April 2022, the ITU reported that over 600,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 12,000 celebrations of Girls in ICT Day in 195 countries worldwide. By this count, almost one percent of girls benefitting from Girls-in-ICT initiatives across the entire world are in Ghana.
“This is an incredible achievement for a relatively small country like Ghana and it shows, where we want to be on the global stage in the ongoing digital revolution”, Nana Asare stated and reiterated MTN’s commitment to collaborate with stakeholders to support and sustain the initiative.
Before the welcoming address, Mr. George Yaw Boakye, the Ahafo Regional Minister depicted the Girl-in-ICT drive as praiseworthy and beseeched all partners to help and support the initiative to help more young ladies in the country.