‘Girls-in-ICT’ competition Launched

The second edition of Girls-in-ICT competition, also known as ‘MISSGIG Ghana’, has been launched by the Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, in Accra.

The initiative is meant to stir up the interest of girls and young women between 13 and 21 years to pursue technology and engineering courses and careers to enable them to have access to jobs in the digital space.

At a news conference in Accra on Wednesday to launch this year’s competition, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said partakers were expected to identify a need within their communities to which they could propose a solution that would ride on ICT to resolve it.

The programme formed part of the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) initiative to motivate and empower girls and young women to consider careers in the field of ICT.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful pointed out that the Ministry would promote girls’ interest in ICT and not only being consumers of ICT but becoming active drivers of ICT innovations and ensure gender equality in fulfilment of the SDG goal five.

Therefore, interested girls with ages ranging between 13 and 21 are to visit the Ministry’s website: www.moc.gov.gh to download the application and guidelines to apply for this year’s competition.

 

The Minister said shortlisted applicants would go through a Masterclass training in coding, basic computer training and how to pitch their ideas.

The top three shortlist would receive attractive prizes and serve as ambassadors of the programme to send out information about the achievements of Girls-in-ICT and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful stressed that due to the coronavirus outbreak, all the activities of the competition would be held virtually (online) and urged girls and young women to apply.

Ms Selasi Ama Kwanu won the 2019 edition of the Girls-in-ICT programme, which was declared at the Innovation Africa Summit in Accra for developing an application to eliminate electronic pilfering in mobile money transaction known as ‘Kasa Cash System’ to help eliminate fraud in mobile money.

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