Savana Signatures, an ICT for development organization has organized celebrations to mark Girls in ICT day. The event that was simultaneously held in Tamale and Ho in the Northern and Volta regions respectively brought over 180 primary and junior high school girls to commemorate the day.
Also present were women role models and mentors from various public institutions including the University for Development Studies (UDS).
The Girls in ICT Day is an initiative of International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The initiative aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). It is being celebrated in the mouth of April every year.
The main goal of the celebration is to make girls and young women aware of the vast possibilities offered by ICTs and give them the confidence to pursue ICT studies and careers. It also sought to raise awareness among parents, teachers and others persons who have an influence in the lives of girls.
Speaking during the celebration in Tamale, the Executive Director of Savana Signatures Mr. John Stephen Agbenyo said over 180 girls were participating in this year’s celebration. He said his outfit had consistently organized the celebration to emphasize the importance of ICT in the development of women and girls career.
He said Savana Signatures through its Tech Girls project is currently training 100 primary school girls in basic ICT skills while 20 junior high school girls were being trained in advance ICT which include coding, and programming among other things. This, he said is to create an environment that empowers and motivates young girls to opt for not only ICT but science related courses or career.
According to the Director, the beneficiary girls who are now effectively and efficiently using ICT have their confidence built and also enhanced their leadership potentials. “Today, the girls are going to demonstrate to you what they are capable of after undergoing the training”, he said.
He said the organization is simultaneously holding the celebration in two regions in Ghana; the Northern and Volta regions where its run majority of its programmes. “As I speak now our Ho office in the Volta Region is also marking the event”, he said.
Stressing on the importance of ICT to the development and empowerment of women, Mr. Agbenyo said, his outfit was very much committed to providing support services to effectively use ICT tools to better their lives.
Abdallah Naasira who is benefiting from computer programming and coding said“I am very grateful to Savana Signatures for exposing me to the use of ICT. It would have taken me years to learn the use of computer because my school did not have it till Savana Signatures establish an ICT lab for the school”.
“We learn how to create blogs and blogging and currently each of the beneficiary girls is blogging on her area of interest” said, Naasira. She advised her colleague young girls the world over the take advantage of ICT to make their lives better.
The Tech Girls project coordinator Mr. Augustine Opoku Adjei said the project’s aims are to train primary and JHS pupils in ICT, build their capacity in the use of ICT tools, boost their confidence to aspire leadership positions in school and society, encourage and motivate them to offer science, Technology and Mathematics courses for the job market.
The project he said currently about 100 primary school pupils in basic ICT skills while 20 girls from five JHS are being trained in advanced computer programming and coding, website development and blogs. “All the JHS girls are currently blogging on various social, economic, and development issues such as health, education, tourism and terrorism and ICT. The primary school girls will soon start blogging too”, he said.
Mr. Adjei said, Savana Signatures has prepared ICT training which serves as a guide to the training. He said a mobile training kits made up of laptops, modem, digital cameras have been procured to use in schools without computer laboratories. “We are not only training these girls in ICT skills but also give them leadership skills to enable them be effective leaders in their schools and society at large”, he said.