The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), has provided support for the celebration of International Girls in ICT Day. This support is in relation with GIFEC’s mandate to facilitate capacity building programmes and promote ICT inclusion in the country.
GIFEC provided Community Information Centres (Nkwanta Kese, Mamponteng, Nkawie, Ofoase, Kuntunase, Asawase, Aboabo and Kodie) for the training and awarded laptop computers and modems to the girls who excelled.
The 7th International Girls in ICT Day Celebration was organized by the Ministry of Communications at the Great Hall of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, on Friday, 11th May, 2018, under the theme ‘Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes’.
This year’s event was hosted in the Ashanti Region, as it is rotational. The celebration was preceded by training of 600 girls in coding and a mentorship programme. Participants were grouped and made to write exams, after which ten high performing girls were selected and presented with awards.
The first price went to Nora Akoto Tamakloe of the Santa Maria Basic School in the Atwima Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region. The second went to Millicent Afrakoma St. Johns Basic School in Bekwai District and in third place was Elizabeth Quainoe of the Asokore Mampong M/A JHS in the Asokore Mampong District. The first 3 were also to receive ICT laboratories in their schools for the benefit of all students.
Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU, Malcolm Johnson, in urging girls to explore opportunities in ICT said, “In the future, there will be many jobs available to you that don’t exist today but one thing is for sure; digital skills will be important to you regardless what job you choose,”
The International Girls in ICT Day Celebration is an ITU supported initiative which aims at creating a global environment that empowers and encourages young women to consider careers in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Since 2011, over 240,000 girls in over 160 countries worldwide have participated in the celebration.