Empowering Girls for Development through ICT
A Special newsletter chronicling how Savana Signatures, a youth-led, youth-centered and gender sensitive programming ICT for development (ICT4D) organization based in Ghana with the mission “To equip youth, women and vulnerable groups with ICT skills for personal and professional development through the innovative use of ICT” and a vision “A society where relevant information, knowledge and skills for development are enhanced by equal access to and use of ICT” is empowering girls using ICT.
The organization over the years has lived and followed its core mandate and innovates the use of ICT in the area of health, education, youth empowerment, gender and social inclusion.
As a practical approach to women and girls’ empowerment in Ghana, Savana Signatures initiated a number of progammes targeting young women and girls. These programmes include: Tech Girls, ICT Clinic for Girls, and Female Teachers Using ICT Fellowship. Each year, Tech Girls and ICT Clinic for Girls organize ICT Conferences and trainings for girls.
This year, the Tech Girls Conference attracted more than 180 young girls from some Junior High and Primary Schools in the Tamale Metropolis, Sagnarigu District and Savelugu Municipality. The participants were exposed to, learn and observed the practical use and application of ICT.
Besides this, ICT Clinic conference also brought about 33 young girls from high schools in the Tamale Metropolis, Sagnarigu District, Kpandai District, Savelugu Municipality and Sawla Tuna Kalba District all in the Northern Region who were trained in sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR), leadership skills development, and how to break gender stereotype. The facilitations were led by women in leadership and ICT.
The participating girls in both conferences were exposed to the practical use and application of ICT through excursion to banks, telecommunication companies and Ghana air force station. These inspired young girls to aim and stay in school till completion. Click here to read more how Savana Signatures innovates and empowers girls through ICT.