1,000 girls from the Northeast region trained in ICT
Communications and Digitization Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says the country must take action to change the status quo that leaves women and girls behind and unable to participate in the digital space.
According to her, there are big inequalities in the digital space, pointing out that women overwork yet they are underpaid, while many others have not found the space to participate in decision-making at all. levels.
“The contribution of women to Ghana’s development is indispensable and we cannot achieve our goal of a ‘Ghana beyond aid’ without adequately equipping women and girls for the post COVID-19 digital world of work. », She underlined.
Ms Owusu-Ekuful said this at the culmination of the Girls in ICT training program in Gambaga in the North East region, where 1,000 young girls were introduced to basic ICT skills and coding.
Girls were selected from the municipalities of East (Gambaga) and West (Walewale), Bunkpurugu Nakpanduri (Bunkpurugu), Chereponi (Chereponi), Yunyoo Nasuan (Yunyoo) and Mamprugu Moagdiri (Yagaba).
Ms. Owusu-Ekuful highlighted the need to empower girls to be aware of ICTs in order to contribute to the digitization of the country.
“From education, health, commerce, Agric to meetings and social interactions, sending and receiving money and paying for goods and services, everything now depends on digital infrastructure and services.
We cannot continue to raise our daughters to think that everything technological, digital, electronic etc is for men.
When taught, they can learn, compete and excel at whatever they want, ”she said.
Northeast Regional Minister Yidana Zakaria said she was optimistic that the training will help curb the rural exodus among young girls and motivate them to invest in their education.
Ms Juliet Apetigah, a student at Walewale Girls Model Junior High School, who had no previous experience in ICT, expressed her gratitude to the Department of Communications and Digitization and its partners for this initiative.
She said the training broadened their ICT knowledge and skills.
The top 100 girls were rewarded with laptops and certificates provided by Gifec, the top 10 girls being provided with modems with an additional one-year data subscription.
However, the different schools of the 10 best girls will be equipped with an ICT laboratory.