The Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, (MP) and the Nkosuohemaa of Akyem Asuom, has underscored the need to bridge the gender gap in digital technology.
Speaking at the launch of Ghana National Girls’ Initiative in Accra, Mrs. Ekuful said the trend where males dominate the digital technology sector must change. The initiative according to her, seeks to whip up the interest of young girls to pursue technology and engineering courses to enable them to access jobs in the digital space as Ghana strives to advance digital technology.
Sixty two (62) girls selected from six districts of the Ashanti Region were taken through mentoring sessions to abreast them in some operational areas in Engineering and ICT. Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, was however hopeful the initiative will help address the digital technology gap as well as encourage females to acquire skills in ICT.
Delivering the Speech of the CEO of ATC Ghana, Mr Francois Van Zyl, by Mrs. Letitia Asiedu-Attafuah, Head of Human Resources at the American Towers Company (ATC), who are partners of the initiative, She urged the girls to study hard and take advantage of the opportunity given them.
According to her, “American Tower Corporation is a leading owner and operator of communications sites for the wireless and broadcast industries. Our global solutions include over 170,000 towers, 2,000 managed rooftops, in-building and outdoor DAS (Distributed Antenna System) networks, and a suite of services that speed network deployment. ATC Ghana is the biggest and best tower company in Ghana, with over 2300 sites in our portfolio.
“Our global philanthropic objective focuses on education, where we provide assistance to less fortunate students, schools and communities by leveraging on technology to improve the quality and access to education.
“To do this, we invest in programs and services that increase access to educational opportunities and it is with this objective, that ATC Ghana is delighted to support the Ministry of Communication’s laudable initiative to equip girls in JSS with the requisite ICT skills across Ghana. Of course, when we talk about girls we talk about half of our population – talented, confident powerful, brilliant, resourceful and full of energy and we are in fact nation-builders!
“As part of the week-long activities, you will gain great exposure from the best professionals in their field, exploring the range of career opportunities that are available in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. We believe that by the time you return to your respective schools, you will be inspired and highly motivated to pursue your studies aggressively, so that you will eventually have formidable careers in the ICT industry in Ghana as the next generation.
“We have assigned mentors who will guide you throughout your time with us here at ATC. Please avail yourselves to learn all you can and remember to ask questions and take notes!
“At American Tower we believe that supporting education by leveraging on technology as part of our corporate responsibility, is the right thing to do and we take great pride in how our organization demonstrates its commitment to the communities where we operate.
“We know that the National Girls in ICT is truly a great way of giving back to our society and we thank the Ministry of Communication for enabling ATC Ghana to play a key part in this programme.
We look forward to sharing the numerous success stories that we believe will come out from this laudable initiative in the very near future,” Mrs. Letitia Asiedu-Attafuah, stated.
Meanwhile, she noted that, the Ghana National Girls’ Initiative would be replicated in other regions of the country.