The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and Cisco has equipped 16 teachers with digital skills as part of its Digital Transformation Centres (DTC) project.
The training program saw teachers drawn from basic and second cycle institutions in the Bono East, Eastern, Greater Accra, Oti, Ashanti, North East and Northern regions equipped with digital skills in Cyber Security and coding.
Addressing the participants at Kyebi in the Eastern Region today, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GIFEC Mr Prince Sefah noted that, a major component of the DTC was to create coding clubs for young girls.
“The training program intends to train 16 teachers from across the country with skills in the use of Coding tools such as Scratch, Python, HTML”, stated Mr Prince Sefah.
“These teachers will be required to create a 32-member Coding club in their respective schools for girls, for a period of two years. Members of the club will however be replaced each year”, he explained.
“The broader goal of the Coding for Girls aspect is to give the opportunity to girls to explore careers in ICT and develop their creativity and problem-solving capabilities” he added.
Mr Sefah also urged the participants to create more coding clubs on their own and expand the benefits of the initiative saying “the skills you acquire here can change the lives of at least 64 girls in your respective schools in the next two years”.
In 2020, GIFEC, together with International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and Cisco introduced the Digital Transformation Centres (DTC), with the goal of building a digitally literate citizenry to boost their ICT capabilities to enable them to participate meaningfully in the knowledge society of today.
The project involves training of beneficiaries spanning persons in the formal and informal sectors; students, teachers, training for women and girls, youth, and the marginalised in communities such as head porters, school dropouts and school leavers in Cisco certified courses.
In attendance at the training workshop were the Head of Capacity and Skills Development, ITU Ms Susan Teltscher, the Senior Project Manager ITU Geneva, Ms Robyn Fysh and the National Project Officer, ITU, Mr Alex Kojo Boahoma.