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Hon Ama Pomaa Boateng surrounded by some headteachers at the opening event

100,000 SHS Students To Benefit From This Year's Girls-In-ICT Training- Minister Reveals

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Aug. 11, 2022, 4:13 p.m.

The yearly governmental training for senior school girls in ICT courses across the country has again been opened, with over 100,000 students to benefit from it.

The program, launched by Deputy Minister Hon Ama Pomaa Boateng last Friday in Tamale, is targeted at equipping girls with technological skills across seven regions in Ghana.

According to the Deputy Minister, the Girls-In-ICT program will address the gender digital gap, provide ICT skills, and encourage more girls to take career paths in ICT. The training program is worth celebrating as the digital space allows women to learn and work remotely at their convenience.

At the event launch at a TVET school in the Northern region, Ms. Ama Pomaa Boateng highlighted the importance of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Cyber Security in their entrepreneurial life and in building successful online businesses.

Hon Ama Pomaa Boateng encouraged the students to expand their entrepreneurial ideas to target clients through reputable and secure social media platforms, financial apps, and courier services. She further advised the students to take a keen interest in acquiring ICT skills as it will make them relevant and boost their competitive abilities within the digital space. She noted that every aspect of their daily lives and entrepreneurial skills require the constant application of digital technologies to perform tasks and increase productivity in real-time.

She again advised the students to pay attention to Ghana’s Cyber Security Act and the Data Protection Act to protect the way they act as digital citizens and have good digital habits.

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Deputy Minister of Communication Ama Pomaa Boateng interacting with some students during the opening of the event in Tamale

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Ms. Pomaa Boateng reiterated that the internet was a whole new world on its own with the ability to store information online forever, and posts on social media could be retrieved at any time anywhere; hence, students must be guided and mindful of what content they post and share online.

According to Deputy Minister, the digital space has many predators hiding behind the internet; therefore, students should avoid downloading apps and accepting strangers' requests for friendship online.

The most worrying she mentioned was posting or sending nude pictures, which should be avoided at all costs. She cautioned that inappropriate content posted online could damage a person’s reputation and could affect his/her career in the future because employers nowadays investigate a prospective employee’s background checks via their online activities and posts.

She was full of praise for TVET for the resources provided to enable the students to get an education in ICT. “We are grateful for the Cyber security awareness program for the students. With all these computers provided by TVET, I am hopeful that the cyber security training will help the students stay safe online”.

The event was organized by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation (MoCD) with support from the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ghana Education Service (GES), and Huawei Technologies, Ghana.

Last year, the Ministry collaborated with the Ministry of Education, and Huawei educated 60,000 Senior High School girls from St. Louis, Yaa Asantewaa Girls, Krobo Girls, Adventist Girls, Holy Child, Wesley Girls, Afua Kobi Girls, St Mary’s, St Monica’s, Mamfe Methodist Girls, St Roses, and Kumasi Wesley Girls.

The beneficiary regions include the Northern Region, Bono, and Bono East Regions, The Ahafo Region, Volta, and the Oti Regions, among other regions in the northern.

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