Girl-in-ICT, a mentorship programme by Ghana’s Ministry of Communications and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has gradually trained more girls within the few months it was set up.
Currently, the programme has mentored about 980 girls in the fields of ICT and trained them to take up jobs in such fields. The closing ceremony of the Girls-in-ICT second edition took place in the University of Cape Coast this Tuesday.
Min. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Communications Minister, highlighted the fact that when given the needed push, young girls and women will be more capable of making a difference in the IT industry. And that is the focus of the programme: to bridge the gender gap existing in the ICT industry.
Min. Owusu-Ekuful emphasised that the initiative has the focus of strengthening the interest of young girls to get into technology and related academic courses. This, she said, will enable them to get jobs in the digital space as the country is gradually moving towards advanced digital technology.
“We will continue to champion the celebration of Girls-in-ICT initiative to whip up the interest of our daughters to enable them [to] acquire ICT skills to enhance their opportunities as they develop careers in the ICT industry to make them competitive on the job market.”
The 980 girls trained in the second edition were taken from 14 districts in the Central region. They were trained in basic ICT knowledge for the 2019 Girls in ICT event.
From the Central Region, the Minister says the next region is the newly created Oti Region. That will happen sometime in the second quarter of next year. She said the team will “hand over the baton from Central Region to Oti Region. The celebration in the Oti Region will be held in the 2nd Quarter of 2020.”