By Cecil Mensah
The Ministry of Communications, has trained nine hundred and thirty six (936) girls in Information, Communications Technology (ICT) and other related Communication applications .
The Minister for Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, made this disclosure in the Volta regional capital Ho, when he inaugurated the girls trained ICT, as part of the celebration of girls in ICT day.
He said, the girls in ICT Day celebration was a unique opportunity offered the girls to assess the impact of ICT and its importance to their future careers.
He explained that the day was set aside for the girls to gain hands-on skills in ICT development, and forthem to realize that ICT and its techniques could all be fun, and a creative way to make a difference in the digital world.
Girls in ICT Day, has rapidly grown into a global movement with an estimated three thousand five hundred events organized in one hundred and forty countries, reaching over one hundred and eleven thousand girls.
Dr Edward Omane Boamah said training of girls in ICT is inline with President John Dramani Mahama’s vision to transform Ghana’s economy in this digital age.
The 936 girls were selected from the various districts in the Volta Region, and trained at a Community Information Centres situated at Hlefi, Kpando, Nkonya, Akatsi, Jasikan, Aveyime, Afiadenyigba, Tegbi,
Weta, Dzodze, Worawora, Agbozume, Peki Avetime, Vane and Tsito.
These are towns in twelve Districts namely; Kpando, Biakoye, Akatsi South,Jasikan, North Tongu, Keta, Nkwanta North, Ketu South, South Dayi, Ho West and Ho Municipal and District Assemblies.
He stressed that “the importance of the ‘Girls in ICT’ cannot be underrated and that is why I
am encouraged to see such a high level of participation of school girls and young women”.
The Communications Minister, said the good news was that Ghana was one of the countries being counted
for 2015 programme.
He said girls from the Volta Region , who had the opportunity to participate in this programme are part of this proud statistics.
Dr Edward Omane Boamah, added that given the opportunities to grow, learn and adapt, women would dominate the ICT
landscape in the coming decade, where it is estimated that there would be two million more ICT jobs than there are professionals to fill them.
It is in view of this, that the government is pursuing a vigorous national broadband infrastructure development to
reach all parts of the country to provide enough bandwidth capacity for ICT deployment.
The minister, was hopeful that ICT deployment will open up business opportunities, employment opportunities as well as promote research, innovation, training
and skills acquisition.
He urged all stakeholders to mark the International Girls in ICT Day that involves the ministries of ICT, Education, Gender, Labour National Regulatory Authorities, ICT companies, academic institutions to organize events that would attract as many girls and young women as possible to celebrate and
commemorate the day.