About 4,500 girls have benefitted from the Ministry of Communications’ Girls-in-ICT programme, Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the ministry, Madam Veronica Rita Sackey has revealed.
The initiative which begun in 2012, with the active support of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has impacted knowledge and skills in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in girls at the various basic schools. The ultimate objective of the initiative is to build capacities and entrepreneurial abilities of girls, as a strategic approach to closing the gender-digital divide.
Madam Veronica Rita Sackey remarked that the initiative has been very impactful and thus urged players in the ICT sector to support the initiative.
“Its a project that the Honorable Minister of Communications is very passionate about, and the Ministry of Communications is determined that we push this agenda because we can see the result. Its very effective and we intend to push it and ensure that as many girls that are willing come on board and go to the extent of choosing careers in that sector.
“It is capital intensive but we would use this platform to invite as many institution in this sector, the ICT sector to come on board and come and support us, so that we can achieve this loudable project” she emphasized.
Veronica Rita Sackey made these remarks at the sidelines of a tour in some selected schools in the Central Region that are participating in this year’s Girls-In-ICT program.
The Central Region is the 9th region to celebrate the Girls-In-ICT program since its inception. About 1000 girls from 14 districts in the Central Region will be participating in the program, which is slated for November 4 this year.
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