GIFEC to Train 2000 Girls to Commemorate International Girls in ICT Day 2020
The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has embarked on training 2,000 girls in coding under the Digital Transformation Centres Initiative as part of its commemoration of the International Girls in ICT Day. The training will continue beyond 23 April, the designated International Girls in ICT Day 2020.
The request to train 2,000 girls in coding was submitted by GIFEC as part of its DTC training plan for 2020. The selection of master and other trainers has been done by GIFEC from their pool of trainers. Cisco is responsible for the training of 40 master trainers who will in turn train 150 other trainers from selected districts. The 150 trainers will then be assigned to train the 2,000 girls. The planned face-to-face training of the 40 master trainers was suspended because of the C0VID-19 pandemic. However, the training will now be conducted remotely.
The Norwegian Government has expressed interest in supporting GIFEC in the implementation of its DTC activities, and ITU has submitted a concept paper to this effect. The Norwegian delegation attended the DTC onboarding workshop in February 2020 in Geneva and has held meetings with ITU on future collaboration on the Initiative.
International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by ITU Member States to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICT’s. Resolution 70 ((Rev. Dubai, 2018) of the Plenipotentiary Conference calls for all ITU members to celebrate and commemorate International Girls in ICT Day on the fourth Thursday of April every year. GIFEC is one of four DTCs from the African region participating in Phase 1 of the DTC Initiative.
GIFEC is the Universal Access Fund agency of the Ministry of Communications of Ghana, mandated to provide universal access to all persons through the use of affordable ICTs for socioeconomic development. As a result, one of their key programmes is the provision of ICT education, capacity building and awareness creation throughout Ghana.
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