What is “Girls in ICT Day”
There is an annual celebration for Girls in ICT which is known as the international Girls in ICT day. This initiative aims to encourage and empower both girls and young women to consider careers and studies in the ever-growing field of Information Technology.
This will enable both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.
This is celebrated every fourth Thursday of April annually and Ghana happens to be one of the member countries which celebrate the international Girls in ICT day.
How Ghana is involved?
In the bid of our nation to encourage girls and young women (or females in general) participation in the ICT sector, Ghana has rolled out the National Girls in ICT day celebration.
Ghana is set to celebrate the national Girls in ICT Day this year on Monday, May 27, 2019, as a member state of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Why this initiative?
The Day has been earmarked to create a global arena that inspires and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as it is the time to kick off an important discussion on whose future the Ministry can impact with ICT.
How Ghana celebrated the International Girls in ICT day
For this year, a stakeholder celebration of Girls in ICT day was held at the Ghana-Indian Kofi-Annan Centre in ICT. The Deputy Minister for Communications, Hon. Vincent Sowah Odotei was the special guest of honour for the occasion.
He laid emphasis on the fact that the field of ICT is one of the major sectors in the country and worldwide that give a boost to the economy and encouraged the young ladies to embrace the field.
A ton of ladies have ended up in this sector and have ascended to top positions who are working admirably. The majority of the Telecom Companies in Ghana are by and by headed by youthful females and urged the women not to timid far from the part but rather turned out to be keen on innovation so they could turn out to be side by side with the dynamism in the system.
There were other welcomed visitors as guides to these young women and to fill in as good examples too. The activities arranged for the celebration included coaching sessions, chat on profession openings and getting ready for the corporate world among others.
How is it going to be celebrated?
The global theme for this year is “Expanding horizons and changing attitudes” and the Ministry of Communication under this theme is organizing an event to commemorate the day. This is to take place at the Takoradi Technical University, in the Western Region.
As a part of the event, 560 Junior High School students were chosen from nine areas in the Western Region to undergo training in selected ICT programs with an honour conspire for the best performing ten students.
The training was held simultaneously in the different areas with 50 mentors given by the Ghana Education Service, Afiba Consult and the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC).
On Sunday, May 26, female role models, chosen from the nation’s ICT sector will interface with and give a motivational talk to the students on the developing and compensating vocations in ICT as the sector is marked by a pressing need for a wide range of ICT talents.
As a major aspect of satisfying its command to elevate access to ICT among young ladies and instructors in the nation, the Ministry of Communications is calling upon educators, guardians and the overall population to urge young ladies to look into the investigation of science subjects and consider a vocation in ICT.
It is likewise significant for businesses to endeavour to hire female ICT specialists who can take up influential positions in the nation’s ICT part.
Details of the event
Guest Speaker: H. E. Hajia Samira Bawumia (Second Lady, Republic of Ghana)
Host: Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (Minister of Communications)
Date: 26th May 2019