Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications and Digitalization, paid a visit to the Girls-In-ICT training centres in the Eastern Region to interact with students and encourage them to pursue careers in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Digital Technology.
During her visit, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful visited various educational institutions, including Aburi Girls Senior High School (SHS), Mampong Presbyterian Senior High School (SHS), Koforidua Regional Library, Koforidua Ghana Secondary, e-Transform Project, Aburi Presbyterian Secondary Technical, and Koforidua SDA SHS.
She emphasized the importance of demystifying ICT and Digital Technology, encouraging girls to explore these fields beyond traditional art-based careers. Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful stated, “We must let women know that their jobs are not only in the Arts but even with the Arts, they need some form of digital skills to be able to succeed.”
The minister highlighted the evolving nature of the world and the need to empower young girls with digital skills. She pointed out the existing gender gap in the ICT field in Ghana and expressed optimism about ongoing changes. “Thankfully, it is changing,” she noted.
During her visit, Junior High School (JHS) students demonstrated their coding skills, games, and projects, leaving the minister impressed. She shared plans to establish ICT centres in JHS and SHS institutions, ensuring that students have access to digital knowledge and personal laptops.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful was inspired by the commitment of the girls and their determination to educate their peers. She expressed her confidence in their potential to excel in ICT and contribute to the digital transformation of Ghana.