The Minister for Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah has stressed government's commitment to completing all Community Information Centres in the country to facilitate information flow.
The Community Information Centres is government's strategy of providing community development information and business services to remote communities. The CICs will provide access to internet-enabled computers, software based on the local information needs, fax machines, printers, copies, telephones, televisions and radios.
Speaking at the third National Celebration of Girls in ICT Day, at Koforidua in the Eastern Region, Dr Omane Boamah said training Girls in ICT was very important for their development.
The Girls in ICT Day celebration is an awareness-raising initiative designed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to pay tribute to women's contribution to the technology careers to a new generation of girls with interest in science and mathematics.
He said as part of activities to mark the celebration, several activities involving hand-on ICT workshops were organised at CICs in some rural communities to encourage the study of technology related disciplines.
Dr Omane Boamah tasked the girls to ensure that they impacted the knowledge they had acquired into people in the communities they came from, adding that the trainers did a good job and the girls should feel free to contact them for updates on what they had studied.
He gave the assurance that government would ensure the data protection commission protected the privacy of all Ghanaian on the internet. The minister also mentioned the need for child protection, stating that the safety of children on the internet was very critical.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Julius Debrah assured that the girls in the Eastern Region were more than ready to study ICT. Mr Debrah called for the Greater Accra information center to be linked to that of Region.
The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Sena Okity-Duah said government had made tremendous improvement in the areas of gender equality, therefore young girls and women should be encouraged to pursue careers in ICT and other science related fields.
Mrs Okity-Duah urged the girls to take their studies very serious as records had shown that there were large and growing skills shortages in the ICT sector as well as in the fields where technology played an important role.
She cautioned the girls to be extra careful in using the internet as the people who patronised the internet were not all good people. She asked them to protect their privacy.
The Oyekohene of New Juabeng Traditional area and a Member of the Council of State, Nana Kodua Kese called on the girls to stay in school till they could contribute their quota to national development.
The Chairperson for Girls-In-ICT, Madam Eva Lokko explained that this year, 411 girls were trained from fifty schools from eight locations.
She called on the Ministry of Communications to support the internet providers so they could ensure constant accessibility as they faced some challenges with connectivity during their training. She appealed for the creation of ICT clubs for girls in all schools across the country.
Source: ISD (Chantal Aidoo)