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Girls-In-ICT Training of Trainers Workshop Sees Progress

The Ministry of Communications and Digitalization (MoCD), in collaboration with the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) and the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center of Excellence (GI-KACE), has officially launched the Training of Trainers Workshop as part of the Girls-In-ICT initiative.

The 5-day training program initiated on June 5, 2024, aims to provide Teachers with key ICT abilities, such as Computer Programming, Coding, Animation, Cyber Security, Website construction, and other necessary ICT knowledge

With the objective of providing ICT training to100 teachers in the Greater Accra region, the initiative will cover all 29 districts.

The Director for Research, Statistics & Information Management (RSIM), Bishop Dr. Samuel Antwi-Gyekyi, delivered a speech on behalf of the Sector Minister, Mrs. Ursula-Owusu-Ekuful (MP), in which he emphasized the Ministry’s intention to provide training for 1,000 girls and 100 teachers in the Greater Accra Region.

Similar programs are also planned for the Ashanti and Volta regions.

According to his statement, the training programs have been specifically crafted to not only teach technical skills, but also to instill confidence, resilience, and ambition in the young girls.

“It encompasses more than just acquiring coding skills or computer literacy. The objective is to cultivate self-confidence and demonstrate to these young women that they have the capacity to assume leadership roles and drive innovation within the technology industry” he said.

According to Dr. Antwi-Gyekyi, the trainers have a crucial role in the success of the Girls-In-ICT initiative.

“Your commitment and proficiency will play a crucial role in motivating and instructing the upcoming cohort of female ICT workers. I implore all of you to wholeheartedly embrace this noble endeavor with fervor and unwavering commitment. Let us encourage and enable our daughters to adopt technology and emerge as the creators and influencers of the future” he added.

As the workshop begins, the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization is eager for the expected beneficial results of this project. The expectation is that these newly trained trainers would motivate and guide young females, making a substantial contribution to the technical progress of both the region and the nation.

The global theme for this year’s celebration is “Leadership”. This theme is highly pertinent, particularly in the context of pushing for the empowerment of women and girls to assume leadership positions at both local and global levels.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, commended the Ministry and its partners for implementing the initiative in the region. He promised that the Regional Coordinating Council will be dedicated and will offer the necessary support and collaboration to achieve the program’s goals.

Mr. Titus-Glover commended the one hundred (100) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and ICT instructors from different basic schools in the region who had willingly participated in the ToT workshop to impart knowledge to the young females.

“I am particularly pleased with this initiative as it aims to supplement the government’s endeavors to attain the sustainable development goals, specifically, goal 4 which aims to accomplish quality education, and goals 5 which also aims to achieve gender equality,” he declared.

The Regional Minister also emphasized the significance of teachers, stating that “You are not merely instructors; it is important to recognize that some of the young girls will regard you as mentors and role models. Your help and skills throughout this process will cultivate the future generation of female ICT workers. Thus, we really expect your dedication to this effort as it would significantly contribute to making a lasting impression on the lives of our young ladies” he said.

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