The Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation (MoCD) has commenced training for 100 school teachers who in turn will train 1,000 girls from 10 selected districts in the Western North Region for this year’s Girls in ICT programme,
The intensive training kicked started on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, in Sefwi-Wiawso Municipality in the Western North Region as part of the bi-annual 2021 edition of the National Girls in ICT Celebrations.
The ten selected districts in Region include Sefwi Wiawso; Juaboso; Bodi; Akontombra; Suaman; Aowim; Bia East; Bia West; Prestea Huni Valley and Bibiani Awianso Bekwai.
The Girls-in-ICT initiative is one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation and is in line with the International Girls-in-ICT Day, an initiative backed by all ITU Member States.
It aims at helping and empowering girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.
As part of the training, a brief tour and inspection of the training centres were carried out by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation and the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC).
In a short ceremony to open the training, Mr Selorm Dzokoto, the Regional Manager for GIFEC, said Girls-in-ICT is a program organised to train girls in ICT, especially in coding, to whip up their interest in the current ICT world.
He said girls who will perform well in the training would be selected and given certificates and receive awards for the establishment of an ultramodern ICT laboratory to provide more room for such schools to advance their skills in ICT.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Louis Agyapong advised the trainers to take the training seriously since it represents a good opportunity to grow their knowledge base and help improve the job skills of the girls they are going to train.
The training of the ICT Girls which commenced on August 30, 2021, the Communications and Digitization Minister, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekufful in a blog post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said will end on September 10, 2021.
“District competitions take place from 4th to 11th September. The event will be climaxed on the 15th of September 2021. All thousand girls will be awarded a certificate of participation,” Ursula stated on behalf of her outfit.
She added that “the schools of the first ten (10) girls would be given Information Communication Technology (ICT) Laboratories. The first hundred girls would be given laptops and the first three girls get cash prices and plaques.