The Government of Ghana is pursuing a vigorous national broadband infrastructure development to reach all parts of the country. This would provide enough bandwidth capacity for ICT deployment that will eventually open up business and employment opportunities as well as promote research, innovation, training and skills acquisition.
These were disclosed by the Minister for Communications Dr. Edward Omane Boamah during the 4th National Celebration of Girls in ICT Day in the Volta regional capital, Ho.
The Girls in ICT Day celebration is a time when girls are offered a unique opportunity to assess the impact of ICT on their own lives while giving them the opportunity to reflect on the importance of ICT to their future careers. It is a day when girls gain hands-on skills in ICT development, and realize that ICT and its techniques can all be fun and a creative way to make a difference in the digital world.
Dr. Edward Omane Boamah cited the construction of the Eastern Corridor Optic Fibre Transmission Network which stretches from Ho to Bawku with a link from Yendi to Tamale as well as the e-Government platform Projects. These projects, according to the Minister, would bring connectivity to rural communities while expanding the broadband framework for the deployment of ICT Applications and usage in all sectors of the economy.
“With the availability of broadband infrastructure, Government expects to rapidly expand access to quality education and place technology at the centre in building a knowledge-based economy and an information rich society in Ghana,” the Minister added.
In her welcome address, the Volta Regional Minister Helen Adjoa Ntosu acknowledged the importance of the Day and said it was a great honour for the region to be chosen to host the event which seeks to deepen the economic and social empowerment of young women in the country through ICT training. She said “the occasion would further encourage the learning and teaching of ICT so that the culture, orientation and requisite ICT skills would be installed in them”.
Girls in ICT Day is a global movement with an estimated 3,500 events organised in 140 countries, reaching 11,000 girls. This year’s Celebration saw 907 girls from 145 Junior High Schools in the Volta region having the opportunity to be trained in ICT skills as part of the program.