Huawei Technologies Ghana has offered digital skill training to 1000 female students in the Ga Central Municipality. The exercise was in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MOFARI) and the Ga Central Municipal Assembly, and comes as part of the ICT giant’s ‘Seeds for the Future Women in Tech’ programme aimed at equipping and empowering more women with the needed skills to take up roles in the technology ecosystem.
Through the Ga Central Municipal Education Directorate, 500 JHS female students from across all the 17 basic schools in the Municipality received training in basic coding while 500 SHS female students from Odorgonor Senior High School received training in basic ICT skills – which comprised the Microsoft Office suite to help them adapt as they prepare for university, where most activities and assignments require frequent use of MS Word and PowerPoint. The girls also received education of Internet safety, which aimed at preparing them to browse more safely online – especially while interacting on social media.
Huawei also rewarded over 200 students who were outstanding during the sessions, with some prizes which included gifts, schoolbags, stationeries, branded souvenirs and Xmas shopping vouchers to motivate them and nurture their interest in the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The programme was part of a massive Women in Tech campaign in the Ga Central Municipality by Huawei Ghana, and also offered a Financial Technology Workshop and a Cultural Exchange programme to some 150 women in the Municipality. These activities were aimed at boosting digital literacy while giving beneficiaries an opportunity to actively participate and realise the digital economy’s benefits.
As part of the globally-leading ICT Company’s commitment in promoting gender equality, Huawei believes that more opportunities and support must be given women to empower them; as well as ensure they have access to both education and training so as to compete in the digital economy.
Aside from Ghana, Huawei through the Women in Technology initiative has already rolled-out dedicated digital skills capacity building and empowerment programmes for women in multiple countries – including Ireland, Argentina, Bangladesh, Kenya and South Africa.