On our commitment to give girls the skills, tools, self-esteem and competitive edge to become effective leaders driving change in their community using technology, the Girls in ICT Day is an important event to us. Every year we celebrate this day in order to spark tech interests among girls and young women by equipping them with Tech skills and inspire them to join the tech industry.
The International Girls in ICT is an initiative by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) whose aim is to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector. It is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April. This year the celebration was observed on 25 April 2019.
To date over 11, 100 events have been held in 171 countries worldwide reaching an estimated 357, 000 girls.– ITU
On our side, we spent two days at American Corner celebrating Girls in ICT starting from 24th to 25th April where we brought together 240 girls from different secondary schools to connect and learn to build mobile applications. We also dubbed our celebration with the hashtag #TechisFemale which is actually our movement we initiated earlier this year in partnership with Tigo to support girls and young women to learn and develop skills in technology — a movement we expect to go around the country training students in schools with coding skills and reaching those who are out of schools through our programs such as the Jovia and Adalace.
The training workshop, hands-on MIT App Inventor
Our team worked hard to prepare for this day. With the help from school teachers who organized students in their respective schools — which we also conduct our weekly coding clubs, we made the training workshop a success. The girls/students were able to learn how to create a simple mobile application for kids to learn alphabets and count numbers. The creation of such apps was made possible using an open-source platform called App Inventor — currently owned by MIT. The training workshop involved two sessions per day that is; morning session with a total of 60 students and afternoon session with a total of 60 students making a total of 120 students per day. The same process proceeded the second day making a total of 240 students engaged.
The trainers involved our mentees who have gained significant knowledge in ICT and also students who are under the Jovia Program at Apps and Girls who participated as mentors helping girls to build the applications. At the end of each training session, participants were able to test their applications on Android devices to make sure they are working properly.
Why ICT is Important in today’s world more than ever?
According to ITU, it is estimated that within the next 10 years there will be more than 2 million technology jobs that cannot be filled because of lack of qualified ICT specialists. Giving her key message for the Girls in ICT Day 2019, the directory of ITU Doreen Bogdan Martin said;
Any professional job you can think of has a strong tech component. Technology has become a critical tool in fields as diverse as art, history, archaeology law, primary teaching of graphic designs. Tech qualifications will give you an advantage in a competitive job market, earn a higher salary and give career mobility.– Doreen Bogdan Martin
Here are some Key Messages about Girls in ICT Day
- Girls in ICT Day inspires girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the ICT field and join the Tech industry.
- Girls in ICT Day gives girls and young women the opportunity to learn about the opportunities offered by ICTs.
- Girls in ICT Day sensitizes employers on the need to promote gender balance in the ICT sector at all levels of the profession.
- Girls in ICT Day Is a global movement which aims at achieving gender equality and bridging the gender digital divide in line with the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
- Girls in ICT Day motivates millions of girls around the world who are passionate about science and technology