The International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member states. The day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April every year.
Among the activities of this year’s celebrations in the Gambia include a workshop and a Job fair that helped to provide girls with the opportunity to have “hands on” experience and also interact with different professionals in the ICT sector who can help guide and mentor them to start developing ICT careers from an early stage.
The workshop was held at the Gambia Hotel Training Institute. Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure, (MOICI) Mr. Lamin Camara, acknowledged the role that ICT plays towards the development of the country and commended the Internet Service Providers for bringing technology to the door step of every Gambian.
He urged the participants especially the young students to use the social media platforms to discuss productive matters. He noted that security is a major concern and the need to protect ICT users and this has propelled the Government through MOICI to establish a national ICT data centre to monitor and provide protection for ICT users.
Mr. Nicholas Jatta of Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), also dowelled on the importance of ICT and thanked the organizers, MOICI and the Gambia government for paving the way and creating a platform in the ICT world for young Girls in the country.
Mrs. Isatou Jah of Qcell, who gave the key note address, also elaborated on the importance of ICT and how social connectivity has taken over the world. She continued that the world of ICT has unlimited job opportunities especially for the youth. Other speakers include Yamundaw Camara of Insist Global, Sukai Cham of Unique Solutions and Max Jonga of PURA all of whom gave presentations on the unique opportunities that the world of ICT has to offer to the young generation.