Think3ice partners with Finex Skills Hub to graduate 20 girls under ‘Excel Our Girls’ programme

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Think3ice partners with Finex Skills Hub to graduate 20 girls under ‘Excel Our Girls’ programme
Winning Project Team_ Data Demystifiers (RED) with their Coach Mr Bernard Obeng Boateng

Think3ice and the Finex Skills Hub, two institutions that focus on training the individual with relevant technological skills, has held a graduation ceremony for 20 girls who participated in the maiden ‘Excel Our Girls’ programme to equip girls with the latest tools and knowledge in information technology.

Think3ice partners with Finex Skills Hub to graduate 20 girls under ‘Excel Our Girls’ programme
Excel Our Girls pioneer graduate class 2021, with Think3ice CEO Mrs Yvonne Dzotsi

The ceremony, which came off on Saturday, December 17, 2021, at the Cedi Conference Centre at the University of Ghana Campus, saw 20 young female students graduate after successfully completing a 10-week training programme in Microsoft Excel, Analytics and Python.

Think3ice partners with Finex Skills Hub to graduate 20 girls under ‘Excel Our Girls’ programme
Panel of Judges Mr Robert Lartey – (Treasurer -Goil)_ Mrs Seyram Ofori-Atta -(Portfolio Manager-Temple Investments)_ and Mr Korbla Dzotsi – (CEO, Adventure Capital Partners)

Addressing the graduating students, Financial Expert, Robert Nii Kotoku Lartey advised the young graduates on the need to maintain a learning mindset and continuous hunger for knowledge to better add more value to their individual acquired skills.

 

“Opportunities like this do not come so easy, but when they do come, take those opportunities to add values that can add to your life. People have the qualifications that you have, even more than what you have, but the values you add to yourself out of the opportunities given to you sets you apart from the rest. I can bet you that this certificate lying here is just a paper, the actual certificate is the value you add to yourself,” he said.

Think3ice partners with Finex Skills Hub to graduate 20 girls under ‘Excel Our Girls’ programme
Data Moguls (Blue) with their Coach Mr Osbert Kuwornu

“Another thing I would want you to note is that hard work never fails. As I stand here I still learn and would still want to get back to school and learn more in as much as I already have the skills and the position occupied, I can decide to just work with what I have but I still want to earn more because anytime you avail yourself to learn, the value you have today never remains the same so do not see it as the end of it, but rather the beginning,” he added.

Mrs Seyram Ofori-Atta, a judge, questioning graduates after their presentation

On her part, CEO of Think3ice, Mrs Yvonne Dzotsi, applauded the students for their hard work, consistency, and perseverance throughout the 10-week training. She noted that the reason for initiating an all- girl training programme was to address the gender imbalance in the data analytics world, as well as present to society, young innovative girls whose skills would contribute significantly to the nation’s growth.

Think3ice partners with Finex Skills Hub to graduate 20 girls under ‘Excel Our Girls’ programme
Think3ice CEO Mrs Yvonne Dzotsi, with members of the Finex Skills Hub Team

“The reason why I decided to go for all girls is because of the gender imbalance, but also build up ladies who will come up with mind blowing ideas that will help our various communities,” she said.

Mr Bernard Obeng Boateng, Lead Facilitator at Finex Skills Hub

Out of a 199 students who applied for the training slot, only 20 students made it to the final selection, and that according to Mrs Dzotsi was to enable coaches to adequately train and produce capable and quality students. She however stated that plans are underway to increase the number of students who will be trained for the second cohort, adding that the graduates will be keenly monitored and updated with learning materials to enhance their knowledge.

Think3ice partners with Finex Skills Hub to graduate 20 girls under ‘Excel Our Girls’ programme
Mrs Yvonne Dzotsi giving her Welcome Address

Mrs Dzotsi mentioned that her outfit is working on collaborating with other corporate organizations to secure internship slots for already graduated students in order to improve their skills as well as give them hands on experience in the working environment.

Best Student – Miss. Solace Mawuena Asiadze

Taking his turn, Lead Facilitator at Finex Skills Hub, Bernard Obeng Boateng, who was the senior trainer for ‘Excel Our Girls’ stressed that Finex Skills Hub is ever ready to help young girls acquire knowledge to grow as well as build connections. He commended the girls for demonstrating a passion-driven attitude throughout their stay as members of the hub.

A dashboard produced by one of the graduating teams

He is hopeful that the ‘Excel Our Girls’ programme will make a great an impact in the coming years. “This is the first season, and it is going to outlive all of us. and Our prayer is that this becomes an ‘Excel Our Girls’ institution where we train data driven ladies who know how to bring solutions out of just raw data. We have started and subsequent seasons I believe, itis going to be better.

Panel of Judges Mr Robert Lartey – (Treasurer -Goil)_ Mrs Seyram Ofori-Atta -(Portfolio Manager-Temple Investments)_ and Mr Korbla Dzotsi – (CEO, Adventure Capital Partners)

The goal has always been to improve the population of girls in the space, because women in data science only represent just a small percentage, so therefore we want to increase that and we want to encourage more girls to take data science as a career because when it comes to data science, it has always been for boys,” he maintained.

Mrs Seyram Ofori-Atta, a judge, questioning graduates after their presentation

The ‘Excel Our Girls’ programme was made possible through sponsorship by a group of forward-thinking individuals and companies. You can also invest in the future of our girls today and be part of the changing narrative. For Sponsorship Enquiries please contact: Mrs Yvonne Dzotsi – Email: [email protected]   | Cell: +233 26 858 1599

 

 

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