American Tower Corporation and MoC Open Day Event Collaboration

American Tower Corporation and Ministry of Communications Open Day Event Collaboration as a follow-up to this year’s celebration of Girls-In-ICT
Sixty two (62) selected girls who participated in this year’s Girls-In-ICT programme held in the Ashanti region in May have arrived in Accra on 1st October,2018. They will pay a two-day visit to the American Tower Corporation (ATC) where they will be paired with female ATC engineers to enable them gain understanding of the practical application of ICT as well as the operations of ATC.

The Girls-In-ICT event is an international initiative instituted in 2012 and supported by member States of the International Telecommunications Union(ITU)  following the unanimous adoption of appropriate gender related solutions to mainstream gender into the activities of the union and to encourage Members to promulgate relevant policies and implement interventions aimed at promoting gender equality within the ICT space. Specifically this solution called for creation of the needed enabling environment that will promote the participation of girls and young women in ICT/technology-related fields and to encourage these groups to consider pursuing careers in ICT.

To achieve this, Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) called for the establishment of the “Girls-In-ICT” Day initiative to raise awareness on opportunities existing within the ICT sector. The resolution encourage member states of the Union and other relevant stakeholders to observe the annual celebration of the initiative which falls on the 4th Thursday of April by implementing initiatives targeted at increasing the participation of girls and women in ICT.

In so doing, it is anticipated that through the initiative female participants in the ICT sector will increase and hence, help bridge the gender divide existing within this sector of the economy.

As part of policy measures to build Ghanaian girls and young women, the Ministry of Communications initiated the national celebration of the Girls-In-ICT Day in 2013 and has implemented it on regional basis. The event has since been held in Greater Accra, Brong- Ahafo, Eastern, Northern, Volta regions.
These year’s National Girls-In- ICT took place in the Ashanti region.
The specific objectives of Girls-In-ICT are as follows:

Introduce girls to the concept of computer programming and animation
Demonstrate the need for collaboration through games and apps development
Introduce participants to website creation using HTML
Create an enabling environment for women and girls to engage in ICT related activities for self development.

In order to build the capacity of girls, which is in line with the objectives and girls in act day initiative, a training session was organized for selected trainers (training of trainers) and female pupils in the Ashanti region. The training content for this year focused on providing coding skills to the selected girls. A mentorship seminar was also organized to help install a spirit of confidence and encouragement among the participants.

The training was facilitated by a team of resource persons form the Ghana Code Club, Kofi Annan Centre of   Excellence in ICT and Women in Tech Ghana.
The selected districts within the Ashanti Region were:

Asokore- Mampong District
Bekwai District
Bosomtwe District
Atwima- Kwanwoma District
Atwima- Nwabiagya District
Kwabre East District