580 girls in Oti region benefit from ICT skills and training
The 10th edition of the bi-annual National Girls in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) day and mentorship event for 580 girls in selected basic schools across the eight districts of the Oti Region has ended at the Nkwanta South District capital of Nkwanta.
The climax of the national ICT initiative brought together sixty of the girls who excelled in the entire programme in the region to be motivated and further encouraged as girls to fully venture into ICT and its related careers.
The annual Girls in ICT initiative is one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Communication in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), National Communication Authority (NCA), the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) as well as the Ghana-Indian Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT.
The programme which was broken into three sections, partly involved the training and mentoring of 580 young girls selected from the eight districts of the region in addition to the four traditional areas of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe.
The 60 girls who excelled in the regional competition took part in the climax event which is expected to better their chances of advancing in the acquisition of the necessary skills and knowledge in ICT. The event was under the theme, ‘Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes’
Minister of Communications and MP for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful touched on the role of ICT in all aspects of human life, adding that the demand for ICT skills is increasing day by day, making the sector to become a leading employment sector in the country and beyond.
The Regional Minister, Kwesi Owusu Yeboa noted that the programme had given the girls the opportunity to explore the world of technology through the creation of website, computer games and animation stories amongst others.
The Director in-charge of ICT Services at the University of Cape Coast, Dr. Regina Gyampoh-Vidogah who chaired the event, charged the girls to remain resolute, adding that they can break through with determination and hardwork.
The overall prize of Two Thousand Ghana Cedis, a Turbo Net with connectivity for one year, laptop and other prizes went to Sadia Alli of Nuria Islamic Basic School at Jasikan.
The second prize winner received One Thousand, Five Hundred Ghana Cedis with accompanying ICT kits and equipment while the third prize award winner went home with One Thousand Ghana Cedis with assorted ICT items.
All the sixty girls who excelled to the final stage of the competition, received one laptop each while all the 54 ICT teachers who trained the 580 girls also went home with laptops.