The government, through the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization (MOCD), has partnered Huawei Technologies (Ghana) in a 10-day residential training in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for 50 ladies in about eight universities across the various regions in Ghana.
The programme which commenced on Monday, September 20, 2021, is expected to climax on September 28, 2021 under the tertiary edition of the ministry’s Girls in ICT Programme aimed at training more ladies in basic information communication technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Storage, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Service.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, commended Huawei for the support and effort they have put into the programme in ensuring that it comes off successfully. According to her, the workshop, is one of the modules that the MOCD is introducing into the Girls in ICT Initiative and with support from Huawei, the ministry looks forward to making an annual programme.
“As the maiden event and the first of you ladies benefitting from the initiative, I wish to encourage you to focus on the training and the business competition as well. I also hope that going forward you will become ambassadors to preach the ICT gospel to the younger ones in the primary and SHS schools,” she said, as she encouraged trainees to exhibit enthusiasm and commitment throughout the training period.
During the opening ceremony, the Director of Public Relation, for Huawei Ghana, Jenny Zhou, mentioned that Huawei is delighted to partner with the ministry to ensure that more girls are trained in the latest ICT technologies.
Ms. Zhou mentioned that in line with Huawei’s Women In Tech and Seeds for the Future Programme this year, Huawei is also looking forward to developing more local skilled ICT talent with a higher number of female participation, as a means of contributing its quota towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, of attaining gender equality and empowering all women and girls through ICT.
“At Huawei, we believe that technology innovation can be led by women, and technology in its end can empower women,” she said.
In the bid to empower more female participation in tech, Huawei has dedicated this year’s edition of its flagship CSR programme, Seeds for the Future to girls offering STEM courses at the university. As part of the programme, students are expected to embark on team projects, mentorship and career guidance sessions, and also have fun activities like Industry tours and walks to enable them socialise while learning from the best in the tech industry.