Huawei Technologies Ghana, in partnership with the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Education, has started the second phase of its digital technology training in Ghana.
The digital technology training, which aims to equip high school girls with 21st century information and communication technology (ICT) skills, will focus on topics such as artificial intelligence, privacy and cybersecurity as a means of educating students about internet security and introducing them to the basic concepts of AI.
The training was officially opened on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 by the Deputy Minister of Communications, Ama Pomaa Boateng, at St. Mary’s Vocational Institute and Tamale Girls Senior High School in the Northern Region of Ghana.
The training has started in Tamale and is expected to benefit 100,000 girls, including students from Bono East, Bono, Ahafo, Volta and Oti regions.
Speaking on the essence of the training, the Deputy Minister indicated that the initiative is part of the ministry’s digital inclusion program aimed at exposing more young people, especially women, to the latest trends. in ICT while motivating them to develop an interest in STEM.
She indicated that with technology at the center of development, the importance of ICT education cannot be underestimated, hence the need to involve more students in digital skills training to enhance their capacities.
She commended Huawei for partnering with the MoCD to educate more girls in graduate schools.
The deputy motivated the girls to take the training seriously and advised them on the essentials of having a positive internet presence.
Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful during a press briefing on Sunday, July 31, 2022 also commended Huawei for its continued partnership with the ministry to engage more women in ICT and for its telephony project aimed at extending grid connectivity to underserved and unserved communities in Ghana.
Huawei’s Director of Government and Public Affairs, Jenny Zhou, said that since its inception, the program has encouraged beneficiaries to seize the opportunity and embrace STEM with a positive attitude.
According to her, Huawei is committed to empowering more women through such capacity building initiatives to enhance their potential and prepare them for the digital world.
Some schools that have yet to benefit from the training include; Our Lady of Mount Camel High School, St Ann’s Girls High School, Our Lady of Providence High School, Notre Dame Girls High School, Ola Girls High School, Serwaa Kese Girls High School, EPC Mawuko Girls High School, St Catherine Girls High School, Kyabobo Girls School among others.
Through training and capacity building programs in digital technologies, Huawei seeks to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5, as well as the development of the ICT sector in Ghana.
Last year, Huawei Ghana, in partnership with the Ministry of Communications, Rebecca Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ministry of Education and Kofi Annan ICT Center of Excellence, trained more than 50,000 girls and traders in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. and fintech.