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The Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful has stressed the need to bridge the gender gap in digital technology.

Speaking at the launch of Ghana National Girls’ Initiative in Accra, Mrs. Ekuful said the trend where males dominate the digital technology sector must change.

“As Ghana strives to advance digital technology, it has become necessary to encourage more girls to enter into the digital world” she noted.

The initiative therefore seeks to whip up the interest of young girls to pursue technology and engineering courses to enable them to access jobs in the digital space.

Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful was hopeful the initiative will help address the digital technology gap as well as encourage females to acquire skills in ICT.

The head of Human Resource at the American Towers Company (ATC), partners of the initiative, Letitia Asiedu-Attahfuah also urged the girls to study hard and take advantage of the opportunity given them.

She added that the Ghana National Girls’ Initiative will be replicated in other regions.

The National Girls’ Initiative is aimed at encouraging the female gender to pursue Engineering and ICT courses to prepare them to take up careers in the digital technology space.

As the maiden edition, 62 girls selected from six districts of the Ashanti region would be taken through mentoring sessions to be abreast of some operations in Engineering and ICT.

Story by: Richard Amponsem

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