In a progressive step towards Ghana’s technological advancement, the Minister for Communication and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has emphasised the pivotal role of empowering young girls in the digital sphere.
During her visit to the Girls-In-ICT training centres in the Eastern Region last Friday, she highlighted the urgency for creating platforms that equip girls with digital skills, breaking stereotypes around ICT careers and encouraging their active participation in the industry.
“The world is evolving and critical attention to young girls is essential for the development of nations,” Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful noted.
She underscored the need to remove misconceptions surrounding Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
She stressed that such thoughts have contributed to the huge gap between men and women in ICT in Ghana, however stating, that it was important to illustrate to girls that their career possibilities reach well beyond conventional perceptions of Arts subjects.
“Thankfully, it is changing. About 10 or 11 years ago, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) decided that to make a difference and expose more girls to the wonders of ICT, we must be deliberate and focused,” she added.
Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful advocated for the diversification of career choices, particularly in the ICT industry, emphasising the need for girls to seize opportunities in this rapidly growing field.
Her working visit to the Girls-In-ICT training centres was to interact directly with the girls and inspire and empower them to explore digital skills and STEM education.
The centres visited include; Aburi Girls Senior High School (SHS), Mampong Presbyterian Senior High School (SHS), Koforidua Regional Library, Koforidua Ghana Secondary, e-Transform Project, Aburi Presbyterian Secondary Technical and Koforidua SDA SHS.
Richard Aniagyei, ISD