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Girls In ICT Project Launched In Accra
Posted on: 18-Jul-2012        
The Ministry of Communications, in collaboration with the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) yesterday launched the National Girls in ICT Program in Accra.

The program is to be implemented nationwide.The program was initiated by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU0) in 2011 and aims to create awareness about ICT and its impact on the socio-economic development of Ghana.

It will be marked on April 26 every year.Delivering the keynote address at the launch, the Minister for Communications, Haruna Iddrisu, noted that girls and women, who comprising over 51 per cent of the population, had been sidelined from decision-making, production, delivery and use of ICT in schools, workplaces and in government through policy gaps.

Mr Iddrisu said ICT had changed the face of all businesses with the advent of automated systems, integrated platforms, remote processing and the workplaces, adding that the advent of the 3-D printing would soon transform manufacturing, warehousing and export and import.

He applauded the Ministers of Education, Environment, Science and Technology, and Women and Children’s Affairs for coming along to help shape the socio-economic platform for higher gains for the country.

He cautioned the youth, not to only limit themselves to using ICT as entertainment but use it to build their capacities and empower themselves.

The chairperson for the occasion, Madam Eva Lokko, urged girls to take advantage of the initiative to empower themselves for nation building, adding that from now on, girls from age 5 and above should have no excuse for not having knowledge in ICT.

Source: ISD (Priscilla M.A. Aidoo & Kofi Nti Frimpong)