This year’s Girls-In-ICT training programme, which is aimed at training 100,000 girls in Senior High Schools, has opened at the St Mary’s Girls Senior High School in Tamale.
Girls in Senior High Schools in Northern, Bono East, Bono, Ahafo, Volta, and Oti Regions will benefit from the training.
The Deputy Minister for Communication and Digitalization, Ama Pomaa Boateng, who opened the training, said the training would increase the knowledge of the students on data privacy and cyber security.
The Girls-in-ICT programme is part of the Ministry of Communications’ digital inclusion agenda aimed at exposing more youth, especially females, to the latest trends in Information Communication Technology (ICT) and motivate them to develop an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
She acknowledged that, even though the ICT space is male-dominated, girls could venture into ICT space as long as they are prepared to learn.
To address the gender digital gap, the Deputy Minister said the Ministry implemented the Girls-In-ICT programme to provide basic ICT skills and also encourage more girls to take career paths in the ICT.
She urged the girls to take a keen interest in the training adding that it was prudent and beneficial to have a positive online presence.
Last year, the Ministry collaborated with the Ministry of Education and Huawei to educate 60,000 Senior High School girls from St. Louis, Yaa Asantewaa Girls, Krobo Girls, Adventist Girls, Holy Child, Wesley Girls, Afua Kobi Girls, St Mary’s, St Monica’s, Mamfe Methodist Girls, St Roses and Kumasi Wesley Girls.
Some beneficiary schools for this year’s training include Our Lady of Mount Camel Senior High School, St Ann’s Girls Senior High, Our Lady of Providence Senior High, Notre Dame Girls Senior High, Ola Girls Senior High, Serwaa Kese Girls Senior High, Tamale Girls Senior High, E.P.C Mawuko Girls Senior High, St Catherine Girls Senior High and Kyabobo Girls school.