By Seth Eyiah
The CEO of Child-In-Tech, Akua Otubea Essah, has underscored the importance of building the skills and interests of young people in financial technology and the technological space in general.
She asserted that now more than ever, there is an urgent agenda for introducing and deepening the knowledge and application of technology in all aspects of life of the youth, especially students in Senior High Schools.
This is to ensure a brighter and better future for themselves and the country. Ms. Otubea Essah made the observation at the Child-In-Tech Conference held in Accra for 150 students selected from seven Senior High Schools in the Greater Accra Region.
She commended the sponsors, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication, GIFEC, and particularly the Platinum Sponsor, ‘Taptap Send’, a remittal firm, for demonstrating commitment at enhancing the fintech space in the country.
The Growth Africa Director of ‘Taptap Send’, Darryl Mawutor Abraham said research indicates that students in the SHS level are amongst the most actively involved age group engaged in digital transactions for educational and financial transactions. However, they are not in full grasp of the nitty-gritty of financial technology which makes it imperative for entities like ‘Taptap Send’ to support such educational programmes.
A Resource Person for Taptap Send, Akosua Oppong-Mensah, observed that the remittance eco-system has become a source of capital inflow and fund mobilization for developing countries and its citizens, including Ghana and ‘must be taken advantage of to the benefit of all and that it is for that reason among others, that Taptap Send does not charge any fees for its services to its customers’.
The Senior Manager, Sustainability and Partnership of GIFEC, Abena Nyamesem, explained that GIFEC aims at bridging the electronic and digital infrastructural gap between the urban and rural centres of the country so as to enable all citizens of the land to be abreast of and benefit from the technological revolution currently sweeping across the globe.
In recent months, Taptap Send has sponsored a series of fora on the fintech space in Ghana including the 10th edition of Tech-In-Ghana Fair in November and the TEDx Conference in Accra in December 2022. The company also distributed food items to its clients during the 2022 Christmas as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
Schools which participated in the Child-In-Tech conference were Accra Girls Senior High, Kaneshie Secondary Technical High, Accra Academy, Accra Wesley Grammar, Airport East Methodist, and Ideal High.