More than 1,000 girls in Bono East to benefit from Girls-in-ICT project – Minister

Techiman (BE/R), March 23, GNA – Mr Kwasi Adu-Gyan, the Bono East Regional Minister, has announced that more than 1,000 basic schoolgirls in the Bono East Region are to benefit [...]

Techiman (BE/R), March 23, GNA – Mr Kwasi Adu-Gyan, the Bono East Regional Minister, has announced that more than 1,000 basic schoolgirls in the Bono East Region are to benefit from Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) flagship programme this year.

He said the girls would be introduced to and trained in basic ICT skills, including coding under the ’Girls-in-ICT’, a flagship programme being implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation (MoCD).

Mr Adu-Gyan announced at an inception meeting in Techiman, saying the training slated for Monday, April 11 to Friday, April 22, was on the theme “Access and Safety.”

“The Girls in ICT programme was introduced in 2012 by the International Telecommunications Union to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICT,” he stated.

Mr Adu-Gyan said since its introduction over 500,000 girls and women worldwide had benefitted and the training in coding which give trainees 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.

He said the project was part of strategies to ensure that Ghana achieves the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) five and Ghana’s ICT for Accelerated Development policy (ICT4AD) in bridging the gender digital divide by the MoCD, through its agencies – the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) and the National Communications Authority (NCA).

Mr Adu-Gyan described the move by the MoCD and its supporting agencies as timely as many young girls were faced with challenges in the digital environment.

Madam Ama Pomaa Boateng, Deputy Minister for Communications and Digitalisation stated the SDGs agenda could not be achieved if girls and women were left out of the IT industry.

She said the drive to achieving that inclusiveness was what necessitated the training of the young girls.

GNA

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