TO mark this year’s international Girls in Information Communication Technology (ICT) day, the MTN Ghana Foundation has organised a workshop to train 50 selected girls from the La Baweleshi Presbyterian School in Accra to build Android Apps using the MIT App Inventor.
The workshop, hosted by the Soronko Academy on its premises at East Legon on April 26, was aimed at propping up the interest of the girls to fully participate in ICT related careers.
At the launch of the workshop, a Senior Manager in charge of Corporate Communications, Corporate Services Division at MTN, Mrs Georgina Asare Fiagbenu, said MTN had a vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world and had taken advantage of the celebration of Girls in ICT day to partner with Soronko Academy, an organisation on the forefront of empowering girls, to train and mentor girls to pursue technology related careers.
“As part of the International Women’s day celebrations, MTN organised an event for female staff during which it was revealed that the number of female careers in ICT wasn’t encouraging because three quarters of staff in technology firms globally are male, which means only one quarter are women,” she said.
She added that the statistics of female participation in ICT jobs must change, nothing that “we need to encourage more girls to pursue careers in ICT and engineering in Ghana and across the globe.
“ICT and engineering are not only interesting; they also lead to careers that impact our everyday lives, make a real difference in our family, community, country as well as help make the world a better place,” she said.
The founder of Soronko Academy, Mrs Regina Honu, who facilitated the workshop, told the Daily Graphic that a report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), had shown that only three per cent of ICT graduates globally are women.
“For this singular reason,” she added, “we are excited to partner with the MTN Ghana Foundation to celebrate Girls In ICT Day. We need to do more to ensure that we have the female perspective in the technology that is created and women and girls have the skills needed for the future of work.”
About the workshop
On the theme ‘Expanding horizons and changing attitudes,’ the workshop trained 50 girls from the LA Baweleshi Presbyterian School to build Android Apps using MIT App Inventor.
The selected girls also got to meet women in tech at MTN Ghana who shared their stories and inspired the girls on careers in tech in a fireside chat.
The girls also took part in an innovation challenge and won various awards. — GB