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FEMTECH Africa Foundation Unveils ‘The Girls in ICT and Impact Project 2024’ to Empower and Elevate Female Talent in Technology

The Digital Transformation Hub, in association with the Telecommunication Union, and the FEMTECH Africa Foundation have arranged a daylong event to introduce ‘The Girls in ICT and Impact Project 2024’.

The “Leadership” subject of this year’s event was held on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at the Kofi Annan ICT Auditorium in Accra. It sought to raise public awareness of the importance of digital technology, the need for young girls to develop problem-solving skills, and how these young girls might benefit from learning these skill sets if they want to pursue careers in ICT.

Additionally, the goal of the event was to uncover the prospects in e-jobs, particularly for females interested in ICT, and to show them how to use their skills and abilities to become entrepreneurs by starting their own businesses and employing others, as well as the positive effects this has on society.

The occasion was also intended to provide young ladies with the necessary know-how and abilities to prosper in the digital era. The initiative was created to encourage the young females at every stage since the organizers think they all have the ability to become leaders in the digital industry.

300 girls received instruction and mentoring in ICT, robotics, robotics-related e-sports, STEM, AI, and robotics through the FEMTECH Africa Foundation initiative. This was accomplished by involving the young females from the chosen 2nd cycle schools in three regions—the Greater Accra, Volta, and Oti regions, respectively—through a series of workshops, mentorships, and inter-school competitions.

Empowering Ghana’s Future: FEMTECH Africa Foundation

In order to close the gender gap in technology and encourage young girls in Ghana to pursue studies and careers in various science disciplines, the facilitators covered topics on leadership in the digital era. They felt that providing young girls with exposure to STEM, ICT, E-sports, and robotics would be beneficial.

During her lecture, the CEO of FEMTECH Africa Foundation, H.E. Amb Dr. Rejoice W. Foli, urged the student attendees to continuously improve their skills, emphasizing impact and value creation. Dr. Foli emphasized that she was admonishing them “to grow through learning and set targets that are SMART, based on your skills and capabilities”.

To be able to explore other cutting-edge ICT fields with a sustainable mentality, she encouraged the girls to step outside of their comfort zones and fear zones and to advance their knowledge. In addition, she said, “Digital Transformation and Agility is an Individual Responsibility,” urging the students to take more action to ensure their survival in the cutthroat and quickly developing world of artificial intelligence and technology.

“Have a vision and purpose, take up challenges and look for opportunities that will make you problem-solving oriented for global value and impact” , she added.

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