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GIZ Supports Ghana’s ICT Development with 370 Laptops for Girls

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The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has given 370 laptops to the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) to empower girls in the country. The move is part of efforts to bridge the digital gender divide and encourage more girls to consider Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.

The laptops were provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ and the GIFEC under the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation.

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Mrs Ama Pomaa Boateng, the Deputy Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, received the laptops and expressed her appreciation. She noted that the support would create an enabling environment for micro-enterprises to use digitisation to transform their economic situation for sustainable development. She added that the laptops would help both girls and boys in STEM.

According to Mrs Boateng, the initiative will equip the next generation with the skills and tools they need to thrive in the digital age and contribute to the development of the country. She also mentioned that the Girls-in-ICT-Day initiative, which was launched in 2012 by the Member States of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to bridge the digital gender gap in the ICT sector, would train 1,000 girls in 2023.

For the most part, the Girls-in-ICT-Day programme focuses on inspiring and encouraging girls to pursue a future in ICT. This year’s edition was on the theme: “Digital Skills for All,” with the aim of empowering young people to have the necessary skills, confidence, and support to achieve their goals.

Mrs Ramona Simon, the Deputy Head of Development Cooperation at the German Embassy in Accra, said that many girls do not have access to digital tools and resources in their schools or communities, so it is essential to train them in ICT to help bridge the knowledge gap. She also noted that with the laptops, girls can continue to learn and grow their skills and knowledge, which ultimately prepare them for a successful career in ICT.

In conclusion, GIZ’s support for ICT development in Ghana is crucial in bridging the digital gender gap and empowering young people with the needed digital skills to thrive in the 21st century. The move aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to ensure equal access to quality education and promote gender equality, among other goals.

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