300 girls to receive coding and entrepreneurship training

A digital literacy program called “Girls Can Code” launched in Ghana will train 300 young girls, 20 teachers and 10 Senior High Schools across the country in coding, entrepreneurship and other digital skills between January 2018 and August 2019. The initiative is expected to improve women’s economic outlook and address the gender digital gap in Ghana’s industry.

It will be implemented by the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center of Excellence (GI-KACE) and supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (The HACSA) and the Information for All Program (IFAP). Participants will receive courses during 36 weeks through which girls will experience ICTs from a new perspective and will be encouraged to consider pursuing technology studies.

According to Ghana’s First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, “as more women understand the value of the internet and ICTs in terms of sustainable livelihoods, they will improve their quality of life and become more productive members of society.” The program relies on the fact that introducing girls to ICTs from an early age will likely help to improve female turnout in the tech industry.