MTN Ghana has joined forces with the Ministry of Communications and Digitilization and GIFEC to train One Thousand young girls in ICT at Sefwi Wiawso in the Western North Region.
The programme, themed; “Girls In ICT, Connected Girls, Creating Brighter Future” is an initiative of International Telecommunication Union, aimed at encouraging young girls to develop keen interest in ICT sector and Improving their skill for employment.
The idea is to bridge the gap between young boys and girls, and also to allay the percention that some courses are preserved for boys.
As part of efforts to achieve this object, the two institutions have organised an intensive ICT training for 1,000 selected young girls.
About 900 participants were selected from the nine Districts in the Western North Region.
The Districts were Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Municipality, Sefwi Wiawso Municipality, Juaboso District and Sefwi Bodi.
The rest are Suaman District, Aowin District, Bia East and West that formed the Western North Region and Hundred participants from Huni Valley in the Western Region.
Address by the Minister for communications and Digitilization.
Speaking at a ceremony held at Sefwi Wiawso Pastorial Conference to climax the event, Mrs Ursula Owusu Efuku Minister for Communications and Digitalization appealed to the young girls to take their studies seriously to be useful to themselves, their family and society as well.
She gave the assurance that, her outfit would continue to provide support to the newly created Region in the area of ICT.
The Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma West Constituency expressed satisfaction in the delivery by participants and asked them to keep it up.
Madam Louisa Ama Sosu, the MTN Ghana Senior Manager Network Performance, on behalf of the Chief Corporate Service Officer MTN, Western Region, said digitisation was the main drive of modern economies and with outbreak of COVID-19 the need for ICT education had become more critical.
She added that, although technology was all around us, some people were still excluded from the internet bracket, a situation due to accessibility challenges.
Ama Sosu revealed that MTN Ghana was optimistic these interventions would go a along way to provide solid foundation to equip girls in ICT.
She indicated that MTN had invested 10 Million Ghana Cedis over the next three years and pledged for their continuous support for the sustainability of the initiative.
Participants in the first, second, third sessions of the training and placed one hundred position honoured with Hp branded laptops, certificate, and other packages for their performance in the training.
The Chief of Sefwi Bodi, Nana Kwasi Ofori ll, who represented the Paramount Chief of Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Area, Katakyie Kwasi Bumangama ll, commended the organizers and participating schools for making the programme a success.
By: Nuako/Thomas Awuah, Sefwi Wiawso