Christiana Wehle Awiah, a 14-year-old student in Junior High School 2 at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Junior High in the Tamale Metropolis, has emerged as the winner of the Northern Region Girls in ICT Competition.
The competition, which seeks to promote digital skills among young girls, awarded Christiana a laptop, plaque, certificate of participation, and a cash prize of 3000 Ghana Cedis.
The second and third runners-up also received similar prizes, with the second place being awarded 2500 Ghana Cedis and the third place receiving 2000 Ghana Cedis.
Expressing her excitement, Christiana stated, “How wonderful I felt knowing I can instruct the computer to create games, animations, stories, and websites.” She acknowledged that the training provided her with the ability to think critically and solve problems step by step.
Christiana revealed that the competition had influenced her career aspirations. She initially aimed to be a human languages lecturer but now intends to explore computer languages, aligning with the Girls in ICT initiative.
She expressed gratitude to the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, for extending the initiative to the Northern Region. She promised on behalf of her fellow participants to embrace STEM-related careers.
The competition trained a total of 1000 girls in basic ICT skills, coding, website development, and more. The Girls in ICT initiative aims to equip young girls with digital skills that will serve them throughout their lives.