The tour organized under the auspices of the “Tech Girls” project and financed by Savana Signatures was to expose these girls to the real-time use and application of ICT.
Savana Signatures under its Tech Girls Project is mentoring 120 pupils from some schools based in Tamale Metropolis, Savelugu Municipality and Sagnarigu District in the Northern Region.
This number is made up of 100 primary and 20 junior high school girls who are learning various ICT skills including basic computing, computer programming, coding and blogging among other trainings.
The main idea behind this Tech Girls project is to orient these girl children to recognize the value and importance of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) in today’s world.
It is also to orient them to take up or consider the pursuit of STEM with fun, and interest as a career. The Tech Girls project is empowering primary and junior high school girls to use ICT skills to improve on their academic performances in school.
The tour, according to the Tech Girls project officer, Augustine Opoku Adjei was to expose these girl children to the real-time use and application of ICT.
They were accompanied by some staff of Savana Signatures and their school teachers.
He said the girls were conducted round the Tamale Airport infrastructure to observe and learn how technology was being used to direct airplanes’ take off and landing and the interaction between airport officials and pilots.
“They observed how plans are controlled or directed while airborne, the communication between the pilot and airport officials were also observed. “We wanted them to experience and see how ICT tools are being used in real-time, hence the learning tour to the Tamale Airport”, he said.
The tour was also used to celebrate the International World Youth Skills Day.
As part of concerted efforts to empower female students to effectively use ICT to learn, “Tech Girls project” was designed by Savana Signatures to provide ICT skills to young girls to aid them in their academic development.
The project is currently training 120 school girls made of 100 primary and 20 JHS girls who are being trained in basic ICT skills, computer programming using Hypertext markup language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) and Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) and blogging.
So far, these girls have also been introduced to Code Lobster platform. They have also been exposed to both basic and specialized computing including the use of internet facility to study or learn lessons and interacted with their peers throughout the world using Google plus online meetings.