Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation organise mentorship program
With the theme “ Connected Girls, Creating Brighter Futures”, the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation as part of its flagship program, Girls-in-ICT, organised a mentorship program in Sefwi Wiawso in the Western North Region which had in attendance an overwhelming number of girls from selected basic schools in the region.
The Girls-in-ICT has been an initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and specifically aims at encouraging girls to opt for careers within the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.
The mentorship program which featured women in the ICT Industry brought together mentors from various disciplines.
In attendance were; Dr Mercy Badu, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, KNUST; Dr Priscilla Kolibea Mantey, Neuropharmacologist, Researcher, Senior Lecturer KNUST; Mad. Sophia Tandoh, Advisor, Regulatory Affairs, MTN-Ghana; Mad. Angela Adu Ampofo, Regulatory and Government Affairs, MTN Ghana.
The rest were Miss Elizabeth Yaw Amuzu, Student, University of Cape Coast; Miss Regina Farco, Instructional Technology, ICT Center Coordinator/CIC Manager.
Dr Marion Okoh-Owusu who is the Regional Director-Ghana Health Service in the Western North Region chaired the mentorship program and stressed the fact that the girls should endeavour to take their aspirations seriously, adding, that they can achieve whatever they put their minds to. She also advised them to push to and beyond their limits, only then can their full potential be realised.
Procrastination they say is a thief of time hence she also advised the need for the girls to make judicious use of their time and refrain from procrastination.
The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Efuful gave statistics indicating that girls are still under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and challenged the girls to pursue careers path in these sectors. She further advised the need to improve basic digital skills in internet access to help find keep jobs to enable the government to close the growing digital divide.
Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said the Girls-in-ICT project has been put together to build awareness about the gender digital divide, to support technology education and skills training, and to encourage more girls and young women to actively pursue careers in STEM. She said more girls were needed and the Girls-in-ICT project help to guide and help them in the sector.
Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful explained that the Mentorship Program is specially organised to break the stereotype related to gender and tech and encourage authorities to support girls to pursue education in Technology. “For me, the Mentorship session is the best because it gives the girls first-hand information”.
Speaking on the achievements and value of the program, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful explained that the mentorship program was organised to combat the notion of gender and tech and encourage authorities to actively support girls to pursue education in Technology. “For me, the mentorship session is the best because it gives the girls first-hand information” which she noted wasn’t forthcoming as regular as she wanted.
She noted,” It is not only boys who can work with technology and excel, you can too” she encouraged the girls.
The Minister stressed the need to build ICT Centers to help them practice what they have learnt since most schools didn’t have and the ones that have are in a deplorable state. She promised the first 100 girls will all have laptops.
The Mentors present took turns to share experiences in their jobs with the girls and urged them to take their studies seriously and remain focused.
Present at the ceremony were the Chief Director, Mrs, Magdalene Appenteng; Director, Policy Planning Budget, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPBME), Mrs Veronica Sackey; Director, Research, Statistics and Information Management (RSIM), Mr Alfred Nortey; Regional Director of Education, Mr Stephen Kwaku Owusu.