The Ministry of Communications has organised a program, “Girls in ICT”, to steer young girls who want to take up careers in the tech world in the future. The program, “Girls in ICT”, is also running a mentorship week where top female executives will give talks to the girls.
Telecomms company AirtelTigo, having a female CEO, has joined the Girls in ICT program to help mentor the girls. These girls were selected from various schools in the Western Region.
AirtelTigo hosted these young girls, 60 in number, at the company’s headquarters in Accra with the theme “Girls with Purpose”.
The company’s CEO, Mitwa Kaemba Ng’ambi, giving her talk, encouraged the girls who are between the ages of 9 and 16 that there is a lot of information around to help them in their career decisions.
She, thus, advised that they take advantage of such opportunities like the internet. “There is a wealth of information available on the internet to help you learn more and enhance your knowledge in the fast-changing ICT sector,” she said.
Other female engineers also shared their stories to inspire the young girls. Presentations on boosting confidence, work ethics and time management were done by three female executives of AirtelTigo.
The girls were also taken around the company’s data centre. As well, they were shown the technology behind the gadgets and applications their parents use on a daily basis.
The Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, who was present at the event, urged the girls to be confident but should be ethical in the ways.
She said: “It’s not enough to acquire knowledge, you must be ethical, too. Ethics is what makes a difference between a good employee and an exceptional employee. We expect you to excel and hope many of you will take opportunities in the ICT industry.”
The Girls in ICT mentorship initiative is an opportunity for the girls to learn from female professionals within the ICT sector. The participants also get the chance to interact with these professionals in building a career in ICT as well.