Fifteen-year-old Asantewaa Fauchie from Sefwi Kofikrom D/A JHS in the Juaboso District has been adjudged winner of the 2021 edition of the Girls-in-ICT program, the Minister for Communications Ursula Owusu has announced.
She according to the Digitalisation Minister was the best out of a thousand girls who competed in the just ended program. For her prize, Asantewaa Fauchie receives cash of 2000 Ghana Cedis; a laptop and a plaque.
Fauchie in her address said the Girls in ICT initiative has been a major platform that has brought change to my life and that of my colleagues adding that the program has created the opportunity for many who have not had such.
“GICT has been a major platform that has brought change to my life and that of my colleagues. myself and my friends have been taken through intensive training in Coding which involves Scratch, HTML among others,” she said.
She expressed gratitude to the Communications Ministry and government for the life-changing opportunity. “I had an interaction with some new friends who indicated that this was their first time seeing computers and touching them,”
“I wish to state here and now that, we have been well motivated to take up studies in STEM. We have also accepted the challenge to take over the male dominance in the ICT sector in the not too distant future,” Asantewaa noted.
The Ablekuma West Constituency MP, Ursula Owusu Ekufful in her address said the girls in the ICT program is all about breaking the myth around women involving themselves in Information Communications and Technology
“We are indispensable for the development of any country and yet we are severely disadvantaged across all sectors and it is time to take deliberate steps to even the playing field,” the politician said at the gathering.
She was hopeful that I.T girls will find it necessary to acquire new skills in technological communication to be able to compete favourably with their male counterparts.
Efua De- Heer Isabella from the Bibiani Anwhiaso Bekwai came second and received a ₵1,500 cash price; a laptop and a plaque. Rebecca Yemaal from Juaboso came third and received a cash price of GHC1000; a laptop and a plaque