The Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation will host the Girls-In-ICT project in Damongo, the capital of the Savanna Region on May 8th and 9th, 2023. The project aims to encourage young girls to take up career courses in Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Speaking to Class 93.1 FM in Damongo, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communication & Digitalisation said that her ministry is committed to ensuring that every girl-child everywhere benefits from ICT education.
She added that so far, a total of 1,000 girls have been trained in ICT and on May 8th and 9th, the project will be concluded at the Damongo community center. The outstanding girls who excel most will be given gifts such as laptops, plaques, certificates of participation and cash prizes.
The Girls-In-ICT project is an initiative of the International Communication Union (ICU) that was adopted and expanded by the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation. The ICU is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is responsible for issues related to information and communication technologies.
The Girls-In-ICT project aims to bridge the gender gap in ICT by encouraging young girls to take up career courses in ICT. According to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), women are underrepresented in ICT fields globally. In Ghana, only 13% of women are employed in ICT-related jobs. The Girls-In-ICT project seeks to address this issue by providing young girls with access to ICT education.
ICT education has many benefits for young girls. It can help them develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and creativity. It can also help them gain confidence and independence. Furthermore, it can open up many career opportunities for them in various fields such as software development, data analysis, cybersecurity, and digital marketing.