The Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation has begun a training in information and communications technology (ICT) for 1,000 girls from seven districts in the Savannah Region.
The girls, at the end of the training, will be equipped with skills in basic computing, e-safety and coding.
The 12-day training, which began on 25 April will end on 6 May. It has been structured in two batches with district and regional competitions to select the best 100 girls.
The Central Gonja District coordinating director, Philip Akorle, expressed appreciation to the minister of communications and digitalisation for extending the initiative to the Savannah Region.
Akorle was speaking on behalf of the Central Gonja District chief executive, Iddrisu Salia, at the opening ceremony of the first session of the training.
He urged the trainees to take the training seriously to develop the necessary ICT skills for future development.
He said, “Take instructions seriously so that you can acquire the basic ICT skills so that at the end of the training you can come out successfully.”
Akorle stated that the training presents a good opportunity for the trainees to improve their knowledge and skills to secure future careers in ICT.
The coordinating director is hopeful that much enthusiasm will be generated among the trainees to take their ICT education seriously.
He said, “The ministry has designed this specifically for you girls to ensure greater female participation in the ICT sector. The whole world is moving away from manual systems to digital technology and the use of the internet to transact and access basic services.”
A mentorship and climax session for the Savannah Region will be held on 8 and 9 May.
At the climax, all 1,000 girls will receive certificates of participation. The best girl in each district will be awarded with an ICT lab in the schools they represent. The top 100 girls will receive a laptop each, and the top three girls will be awarded cash prizes and plaques.
Reporting by Tahiru Abdul-Washiru, from the Savannah Region
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