Huawei Technologies Ghana has launched digital skills training for students and residents of Ga Central Municipality in Accra. Its aim is to promote ICT education and motivate more girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, speaking at the launch, said bringing technology to communities is a big step forward as they strategically position the country to use ICTs to accelerate national development.
The objective of the training was to bridge the gender gap in ICT; motivate women and girls to consider careers in ICT and other STEM-related disciplines. It is also a question of deepening bilateral China-Ghana relations (SINO-Ghana) in accordance with the mandate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; and equip women and girls with ICT skills to enable them to thrive in the modern world.
She said it breaks down income and social barriers, expands opportunities for everyone and empowers government to help improve lives and livelihoods. The Minister said that this opportunity to introduce students and other beneficiaries to ICTs was a laudable initiative.
She said the government has therefore championed ICT education at all levels of educational institutions. “This is part of the government’s strong determination and commitment to achieve SDG 4, which calls for ‘ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. “”, She declared.
The minister said that effective teaching and deployment of ICTs at all levels of the education system is essential to achieve SDG 4. She said the government is committed to using ICT education to transform agricultural economy of the country into a knowledge-based economy. She added that this would be done through the effective use of ICT tools for expanding the base of the national economy and creating employment opportunities for young people. âAt the heart of this ambition is the need to tackle the digital divide between the sexes, in particular young girls behind in ICT education,â he said.
Ms. Botchway said the government has led efforts to close the growing gender gap in ICT, as well as achieving SDG 5 on âAchieve gender equality and empower all women and girls “. She said that this partnership program with Huawei (” Huawei Seeds for the Future -Women in Tech ”) was therefore going in the right direction.
He said the ministry will continue to work with Huawei and other multinationals to ensure that Ghana continues to be a preferred business destination and in doing so “we will strive to ensure that our people benefit positively such partnerships “.
Mr Tommy Zhou, Managing Director of Huawei Technologies, Ghana, said that by promoting ICT, they would contribute their quota towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5, namely to achieve equality. and empower all women and girls through ICTs.
He said the importance of technology cannot be underestimated given its impact on societies and economies. “As beacons of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), all hands are needed on the bridge to fully exploit the potential of digitization,” he said.
The chief executive said that, according to the World Economic Forum’s gender gap report, women make up about 26% of the STEM workforce in developed countries, with a much lower number for countries developing, with men outnumbering women in most areas of ICT and STEM in general.
He said it was with this in mind that Huawei decided to partner with the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and the Ga Central Municipal Assembly (Anyaa Sowutuom) on this initiative.
Zhou said this will add to the plethora of activities they have undertaken as part of the Huawei Women in Technology initiative which aims to actively bridge the gender gap in ICT. âAt Huawei, we believe that technological innovation can be led by women, and that technology in turn can empower women,â he added.
The CEO said that in the digital age, the most important step in bridging the digital gender divide is through education. He said the launch is part of their efforts to fulfill their commitment to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to provide ICT training to 10,000 Ghanaians to enter the industry. by 2024. âAs a global ICT leader, Huawei will continue to nurture ICT talents in the country to help drive Ghana’s digitization agenda,â added.
During the week-long digital workshop for women in the municipality, Huawei planned a series of capacity building activities for all participating beneficiaries. The first part of the workshop will focus on providing basic coding training for high school ladies. The second part will offer basic training in FinTech (Financial Technology) to businesswomen and traders in the Municipality to give them the means to go digital with their businesses.
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