MOICI as the authority in charge of pushing the nation’s overall ICT agenda has identified members of the public and private sector whose input would be highly beneficial in highlighting the strides our country has made thus far in promoting the girls and young women ICT agenda.
According to the ITU report, “A Bright Future in ICTs – Opportunities for A New Generation of Women,” the ICT sector remains a buoyant and growing sector for employment, and a key economic factor imperative to both local and international development. But the growth in jobs in the ICT domain has seen a lot of women left behind especially at the senior level. Therefore, a lot of work has to be done primarily in universities, research and development centres and trade or ‘applied’ schools, in order to respond to the ever-evolving needs of the ICT industry.
As part of our celebration of the 2014 International Girls in ICT Day, we created a national committee made up of private and public sector as stakeholders to draw up a series of events leading to the official April 24th date. The events which are made up of four namely: Familiarization tour of women in ICT at work & study and Local ICT institutions, School Debate, Half-day workshop, Cocktail/ Prize Giving Day.
EVENT ONE: FAMILIARIZATION TOUR OF WOMEN IN ICT AT WORK & VISIT OF LOCAL ICT INSTITUTIONS.
The first of the events which was held on the 12th March 2014 was a huge success. As the tour involved taking four (4) different schools to visit 5 (five) ICT institutions. Particular institutions were identified based on their support towards the innovation and development of the local ICT sector. Schools from both Brikama City Council and and Kanifing Municipal Council were selected to be part of the program. The overall goal of the tour was achieved as it served as a means of inspiring the young girls to consider careers in the growing field of ICT.