2ND EDITION OF 2019 NATIONAL GIRLS-IN-ICT DAY CELEBRATION HELD IN CAPE COAST

The Minister for Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has urged young girls to prove their worth and correct stereotypes that limit their participation and career development in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

 

The Minister said girls and women are more capable of making a difference in the ICT industry when given the needed push, hence the initiative.

 

She was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2nd edition of 2019 Girls in ICT Day, which took place at the University of Cape Coast, in the Central Region on 5th November, 2019.

 

The event was organized by the Ministry of Communications in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on the theme “expand horizons, change attitudes” Due to the keen interest that the Minister has in the initiative,

she decided to scale the event up by making it a biannual event rather than an annual event.

 

The Minister intimated that, the initiative seeks to whip up the interest of young girls to pursue technology and engineering courses to enable them have access to jobs in the digital space as Ghana strives to advance digital technology.

“We will continue to champion the celebration of Girls-in-ICT initiative to whip up the interest of our daughters to enable them acquire ICT skills to enhance their opportunities as they develop careers in the ICT industry to make them competitive on the job market,” She emphasized.

 

She explained that, the current generation has been exposed to greater opportunities to advance in the IT sector, and that they should stop at nothing but to challenge themselves to make good use of the opportunity.

 

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said it was motivating to have young Ghanaian women champion the change in ensuring gender balance in the digital space. She said the current generation has been exposed to greater opportunities to advance in the field.

 

“You have more opportunities than I had. If you say you can’t do it, you can’t do it. If you outline yourself and you work hard, you will achieve it”, she entreated the girls. The minister noted that the impact resulting from the initiative is tremendous.

 

A total of 980 basic school girls from 14 districts participated in the event held at the University of Cape Coast in the Central Region.

 

“We will continue to champion the celebration of the Girls in ICT initiative to whip up the interest of our daughters to enable them to acquire ICT skills to enhance their opportunities as they develop careers in the ICT industry to make them competitive on the job market. She added.

 

The baton was handed over to the Oti Region to begin the preparation of the next edition of the event in 2020.