The government remains committed to bridging the gender gap in information and communication technology (ICT) in the country, according to the Minister for Communications and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu Ekuful.
She said the government, through the Ministry and its agencies, was undertaking a series of deliberate interventions geared towards increasing the interest of girls in ICT.
She made these remarks when she undertook a tour of the girls-in-ICT training centers in the Eastern Region to interact with the girls and encourage them to build their abilities in digital skills and STEM education as well as choose careers in the Tech industry.
The centers visited include Aburi Girls SHS, Aburi Presby Secondary Technical, Mampong Presby SHS, Koforidua Regional Library, Ghana Secondary SHS E-Transform Project and Koforidua SDA SHS.
In all, the Ministry is training 1,000 girls from the 33 districts in the Eastern Region under the Girls-In-ICT program.
Happy with the impact of the training so far, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said that Ghana has to demystify ICT and digital technology and encourage women and girls to know that their jobs are not only in the ARTS.
Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful expressed satisfaction with the training and encouraged the girls to take advantage of the opportunities the world of ICT offered.
According to the minister, plans are underway to ensure that JHS and SHS have ICT centers where students can access and acquire knowledge. She also disclosed that measures are also being put in place to ensure that every JHS and SHS student has his or her laptop.
On her part, the headmistress of Koforidua-Asokore SDA expressed gratitude to the government for supporting the school with a 40-seater ICT laboratory.
Speaking with NET2TV NEWS, some beneficiaries of the ICT training program shared their thoughts on the project.