The central government is considering including robotics and coding into the country’s educational curriculum of basic students, the Minister for Communication and Digitization, Hon Ursula Owusu Ekufful disclosed on Wednesday.
Initiated by the Ministry of Education and Communication and Digitalisation, she said the project seeks to afford children the skills for valuable problem-solving, boost creativity and grow a genuine interest in how the world works.
Ursula stated this in her address when telecommunication company, MTN presented a cheque for GHS 10 million to support the Girls in ICT programme over a three-year period as part of the company’s 25th Anniversary celebration.
The support, according to the Chief Corporate Services Officer of MTN Ghana, 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 and MP for Ablekuma West, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful noted how men have dominated the technology industry hence the need to bridge the gap.
According to her, there are untapped opportunities in the Information Communication Technology (GICT) 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.
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.
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful further revealed 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.