GIFEC and partners collaborate to provide coding skills for girls
Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has fostered ties with International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and CISCO with the aim of building a digital society where the lack of digital skills will not be a deterrent to participate in the digitisation of the economy. This they termed; Digital Transformation Centres.
Mr Prince Ofosu Sefah, the administrator of GIFEC spoke at the opening of the coding for girls in Ashaiman saying; the project will involve training in certified CISCO courses and spanning persons in the formal and informal sectors. This will include women and girls, youth and the community altogether excluding no irrespective of background, education, age or race.
He said the programme is designed to develop digital skills, mainly at the basic and intermediate levels, particularly in underserved communities, and features courses like Introduction to Cyber Security, Cyber Security Essentials, Introduction to IoT, Python, C++ and Entrepreneurship.
Mr Ofosu Sefah said the first phase of the project trained 23 people to be masters in the first half of this year, and they, in turn, trained Community ICT Managers and they are serving as the facilitators for this phase.
According to him, the first phase also saw the complete training in 15 zones in the 88 training centres with a total of 4,178 participants in all 16 regions of Ghana.
He said a key component of this programme was the formation of Coding Clubs for Girls.
A total of 16 teachers were trained in coding at the trainer’s programme held in kyebi recently. These teachers will be responsible for training over 1,000 girls through the creation of a 32-member Coding Club in their respective schools for girls for a period of two years.
He further thanked and expressed gratitude to the partnering companies for their contribution to GIFEC in its pursuit of its leading the charge to achieve global access to digitalisation.
Mr Sefah said currently, “we are deploying telecommunication infrastructure to over 2016 through our flagship Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project.”
The project he said will be the provision of telephone and data connectivity to over 3 more million Citizens across the country.
He said through their Schools Connectivity Project, over 1,000 schools have been provided with ICT resources including computers and accessories to facilitate the teaching and learning of ICT.
Mr Sefa said a crucial part of digitalisation is skills development because it empowers individuals to take advantage of opportunities available in the ICT eco-space and maximise productivity.
Over the years, GIFEC has contributed immensely to building ICT literate citizens who can partake effectively in today’s knowledge society.
“We have trained over 500,000 people spanning students, teachers, artisans, in various ICT courses,” he added.