Ursula Visits Girls-In-ICT Training Institutes.
Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitalization, has emphasized the importance of closing the gender digital divide, citing the fact that fewer girls have computer skills.
According to her, the world is evolving so fast in the digital domain that girls risk being left behind if nothing is done to train them in ICT.
Speaking to the media during a visit to the ongoing training centers for 1,000 selected girls from all 16 districts in the Northern Region under the Girls-In-ICT program, the sector minister stated that the ministry is poised to demystify ICT education for young girls in order to bridge the current digital divide.
“After this program, the teachers will go back and it will be part of the ICT training that they teach both the boys and girls to build their capacity so that they can sustain this program beyond just the Girls in ICT program,” she explained.
Madam Owusu Ekuful, on the other hand, emphasized that the gender gap in ICT is enormous, and that the females in ICT initiative will help to bridge that gap while also encouraging females.
The sector minister urged the girls to keep focused and use the training to improve their life, regardless of their social status.
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The Northern Region Minister, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Shaibu, expressed his enthusiasm for the minister’s and government’s proposal.
He emphasized the importance of ICT technology to society, noting that this initiative occurred at an opportune time given the world’s rapid digitalization.
He, however, expressed concerns about the projects’ durability and used the means to urge the sector minister to expand the project to other schools in the area.
He also asked the minister to aid the Region with more ICT infrastructure to improve the efficacy of digitization and to facilitate and train more girls.
Approximately 1,000 females from all 16 districts in the Northern Region have gotten ICT training.
The Ministry’s two weeks of rigorous training, which began on July 17 this year, taught the girls basic computing, E-safety, coding, web design, and other skills.
The goal is to introduce them to the world of digitization and future chances.
The Minister’s two-day tour was intended to familiarize her with the advances and programs being undertaken by the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), which is part of the Ministry of Communications.
The initiative is anticipated to offer certificates of participation to all 1,000 girls. The finest females in each district, on the other hand, have an ICT lab built up in the schools where they go. The top 100 females will receive laptops, while the top three girls will receive cash.