Interchanges and Digitalisation Ministry trains 1,000 young ladies in Ahafo Region

Monday 4th of July 2022

Interchanges and Digitalisation Ministry trains 1,000 young ladies in Ahafo Region

The Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation has initiated preparing for 1000 young ladies chose from different areas in the Ahafo Region in fundamental ICT and Coding.
A comparable preparation has recently been finished in Bono East and Bono districts.
2,000 additional young ladies from Savannah and Northern Region will likewise profit from the program before the current year's over.
This structures part of endeavors to urge little youngsters to take up professions in the ICT Industry as well as scaffold the orientation computerized partition.
"In every Region, our goal is to prepare 1,000 youngsters and 100 ICT/STEM instructors in fundamental processing, coding, scratch HTML and so on and toward the year's end, we would have prepared 5000 young ladies and 500 ICT/STEM educators.
"These young ladies are chosen from schools in all areas in the recipient locales so every region will feel the effect of these computerized ladies. What a distinction this will make!! There is no question that digitalisation is the distinct advantage and with our extra capacity of "Digitalisation", not entirely set in stone to develop our advanced economy," Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said.

 

The training in coding will give the girls the opportunity to explore the world of technology, through the creation of websites, computer games, interactive arts, mobile apps, and animation stories, using various programming languages.

As part of strategies to both ensure that Ghana achieves the Sustainable Development Goal, (SDG) 5, and Ghana’s ICT4 AD Policy on bridging the gender digital divide, the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, through its agencies – GIFEC, NCA and the Kofi Annan ICT Centre of Excellence, has expanded the scope of the GIICT event.

After their training, which also introduces them to basic structures of programming, the girls participate in a competition.

This competition is expected to test the knowledge and ICT skills acquired during the training period. The girls will compete in website design, development of games, coding and simple ICT applications, among others.

Prizes such as laptops, modems, etc, are awarded to girls who excel in the competition and ICT labs are also established in the schools of the girls who excelled.

Interestingly, over 60 percent of the girls trained, have no prior knowledge or experience in the use of computers.

The Girls in ICT programme, was introduced in 2012 by the International Telecommunications Union to empower and encourage girls and young women to acquire digital skills and consider studies and careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies.

Ghana has adopted this initiative and observed it on a regional basis. It has already been celebrated in Greater Accra, Ashanti, Northern, Volta, Western, Western North, North East, Central and Oti Regions.

The program involves the Training of Trainers who in turn train the girls.

It also includes the training of 1,000 girls from districts within the selected region and mentorship sessions that provide a platform for women working in the ICT field to share personal life stories and professional experiences with the young girls.

The girls are given an “Open Day” experience, where the best 100 girls are brought to Accra for a week to tour Mobile Network Operators (MNO)’s, ICT firms and interact with women in the work space to see the practical application of what they learnt in a live work environment.

This is to encourage and guide the girls in their future career choices.

The Ministry has also trained 300 teachers in Bono East, Bono and Ahafo regions to sustain the program in their various schools.

 


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