The Ministry of Communications in partnership with other agencies has officially launched the Girls in ICT mentorship week in Accra. This program is basically aimed at encouraging young girls to take up careers in the information and technology industries.
The project has selected 60 girls from various basic schools in the Western Region. They are in the capital to participate in the Girls in ICT mentorship seminars.
The 60 selected girls were adjudged the best out of 548 girls who partook in an ICT training in the Western region a few months ago.
The program is going to run for seven days and its purpose is to solidly build the interest of these 60 basic school girls in the IT world. The Communications Ministry and its partnered agencies are doing this by holding seminars which will be mostly led by top female executives in the ICT sector.
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Communications Minister, opening the event revealed that the country mainly joined the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Girls in ICT initiative to carry out activities to bridge the digital gender gap.
She also said it is to encourage the training and education of girls to expand the opportunities available to girl-child and women in the sector. More than 4,000 girls have participated in the initiative from selected basic schools across the country.
Owusu-Ekuful emphasised the significance of the programme. She said:
“The country cannot achieve Sustainable Development Goals (1,5 and 10) aimed at reducing poverty, achieving gender equality and reducing inequalities if there was no conscious and deliberate approach to encourage more girls and women to take up leadership roles in the ICT industry.”
Magdalene Apenteng, Chief Director at the Ministry stated that the concept was a follow up to provide hands-on experience and expose the girls to practical training.
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.
“This opportunity is to help you experience what happens at an ICT working environment, as well as interact with females who have excelled in the industry”, said the Chief Director.