The Minister for Communication, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekufful has outdoor the second edition of Girls-in ICT competition, popularly known as ‘MISSGIG Ghana’, in Accra
The prime purpose of the initiative is to bring out the interest of girls and young women between the ages of 13 and 21 years to pursue technology and engineering courses and careers to enable them secure jobs in the digital space.
The Minister speaking at a news conference in Accra on Wednesday to launch the competition said participants were expected to identify the problem within their communities to which they could suggest a solution based on ICT to resolve it.
According to her, the programme formed part of the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) initiative to motivate and charge girls and young women to consider careers in the field of ICT.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said the Ministry would promote girls’ interest in ICT and not only being consumers of ICT but becoming active drivers of ICT innovations and ensure gender equality in fulfilment of the SDG goal five.
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Ursula said shortlisted applicants would undergo a Masterclass training in coding, basic computer training, and how to pitch their ideas.
She disclosed that the top three shortlists would receive attractive prizes and be appointed as ambassadors of the programme to spread information about the achievements of Girls-in-ICT and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said amid to the coronavirus pandemic, all the activities of the competition would be held virtually (online) and urged girls and young women to apply.
Ms Selasi AmA kwanu emerged the ultimate winner for the edition of the Girls-in-ICT programme, which was announced at the Innovation Africa Summit in Accra for developing an application to prevent electronic stealing in mobile money transaction known as ‘Kasa Cash System’ to help suppress fraud in mobile money.