Ghana’s leading telecommunications network, MTN Ghana as part of their 25th Anniversary celebration has donated GH¢10 million cedis to support the Ministry of Communication Girls in ICT programme over a period of 3 years.
The donation according to the MTN Ghana Chief Corporate Services Officer, Mr. Samuel Koranteng, is to help grow female participation in the ICT industry as part of the company’s 25th Anniversary.
Receiving the support, the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful said there are untapped opportunities in the ICT industry and Ghana needs to prepare its human resources to embrace such.
“Ghana has what it takes to compete globally hence my conviction to grow girls in ICT to take advantage of the openings in the world.
“I have received several requests from boys who feel left behind in this initiative and want to be considered. But the priority now is to bridge the male-female gap and once we are even on the playing field, we may consider; children in ICT,” she said.
This year’s edition of the Girls in ICT, the Minister for Communication, in a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said will be held in the Western North Region under the global theme “Connected Girls, Creating Brighter Futures.”
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful disclosed a total of 1,000 girls have been trained with the basic ICT skills from 9 districts in the Western North Region plus 1 district from the Western Region (i.e., Prestea Huni Valley Municipal).
“1,000 girls are currently being trained with basic ICT skills from all the nine (9) districts in the Western North Region plus 1 district from the Western Region (i.e., Prestea Huni Valley Municipal) making a total of 10 districts,” she stated.
The initiative is celebrated annually to encourage young girls and demystify the myth that girls and young women cannot pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and ICT related subjects.
It also forms part of the International Telecommunications Union’s project to encourage girls to consider 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.