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Ghana to train 3000 girls in ICT by end of 2021

Ghana’s Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation is set to train some 3,000 girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) this year.

These targeted beneficiaries are in the Western North, North East and Savannah Regions.

This training forms part of efforts by the government to bridge the digital and ICT gender gap and empower them in the job market.

They would receive knowledge in basic computer skills and coding which falls under the Girls-in-ICT project.

The sector Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the sector minister, made this known at the Minister’s briefing in Accra.

According to her, the first batch of 500 girls, had been trained in ICT, while an additional 500 would begin training from Monday, September 6th to 11th,2021.

This initiative under the global theme: “Connected Girls, Creating Brighter Future” will be climaxed on September 15, at Sefwi-Wiawso in the Western North Region.

The Minister noted that in the same regard, "584 girls from eight districts in Oti Region received training in basic computer skills and coding last year".

Meanwhile, telecommunications giant, MTN Ghana has made a donation of GHc10 million to support the Girls-in-ICT initiative for the next three years.

In this light, she urged other corporate bodies to emulate their gesture.

“This is a major boost from corporate Ghana and we wish to encourage other corporate entities and individuals to support the cause of bridging the digital gender gap in ICT.”

“American Towers and all the network operators have also supported this programme in various ways, particularly with the Open Day celebration, which is part of the component of the Girls in ICT at which we bring the best performing 100 girls to Accra to interact with women living and working with technology in the workplaces,” she added.

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