Ghana will be celebrating ‘Girls In ICT Day’ on the forth Thursday of April 2012. Girls in ICT Day an initiative backed by ITU Member States in Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) 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). International
Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year and this year’s celebration will fall on the 26th of April. It is put together by the National Communications Authority (NCA) and the Ministry of Communications in Ghana.
The Event will be marked by excursions to technology companies in Ghana on the 25th of April. School girls will be taken to various ICT companies to expose them to options they can consider as a career in the future. On Thursday, the main day of the celebration, a panel of Ghana’s top ICT women will be put together to deliberate and discuss the theme for this year’s celebration; Broadening Horizons and Changing Attitudes. Resource persons on the panel will include Dorothy Gordon, Director General of the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Lucy Quist (Managing Director, Vodafone Wholesale), Estelle Sowah (Country Director, Google Ghana), Yvette Adunyo Atekpe (Regional Managing Director, Internet Solution Ghana) and Caroline Edmundson (ICT Facilitator, KNUST).
Why is Ghana celebrating this day?
All over the world, it is estimated that the world shortfall in skilled ICT professionals exceeds two million. Despite these benefits, a good number of girls (and women) never even consider a career in ICTs. The ICT sector remains a growing sector for employment, and a key economic factor underpinning both national and international development in both developed and developing countries. A shortage of qualified staff with math, science, engineering and computing skills is predicted in many countries. At the same time, many companies are looking to increase the number of women in the sector. This means that highly qualified women in technical fields have significant opportunities available to them in both developed and developing countries. The need for qualified professionals in developing countries worldwide should come as no surprise, considering the rate of ICT growth in developing countries.