Young Girls Urged To Pursue ICT Careers


Young girls from Chobe JSS and various primary schools in the region have been encouraged to pursue a future in ICT towards bridging the gender digital divide.

This is as women are often absent from the highest levels of policymaking, leadership positions within the ICT sector and tend to find themselves in junior or support roles, with limited opportunities for advancement.

Addressing young girls during the Commemoration of Girls in ICT in Kasane this week, Mascom Chief Technology and Digital Officer Lilly Sullivan said that there is a need to empower young girls with knowledge while they are in school so they that they can know the possible career paths in the ICT world.

According to Sullivan, while women now fill 40% of high-skill occupations globally, their representation in ICT-related fields remains disproportionately low. She stated that women are underrepresented in key areas such as software development, engineering, technology research, academia, and policymaking.

“The ICT sector needs you, your ideas and your creativity are important for development of a more inclusive and equitable environment which opens doors across various industries. With these skills, you can excel in fields like medicine, agriculture, aviation, mining and more,” she said.

She noted that the sector is ever evolving and offers endless opportunities for growth, learning, and innovation. Sullivan said that above all, it allows one to make a difference in the community and contribute to the country’s economic growth. She urged the young girls to choose ICT related subjects like Maths, Science, engineering, and technology.

Prior to the commemoration the Ministry of Communications, Knowledge and Technology in collaboration with different stakeholders including Mascom, BTC, Orange, BOCRA, DCIB, BOFINET and BDIH held ICT training activities for Chobe JSS and Pandamatenga Primary School students, out of school youth and vocational training students.

The training equipped the beneficiaries with different skills that include Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), Cybersecurity Awareness, Basics coding and Robotics, Hackathon, Leadership, Drone Technology and Farming, and Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technologies.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications, Knowledge and Technology Deputy Permanent Secretary Cecil Masiga noted that the trainings were meant to empower the beneficiaries with the skills that they need to develop themselves and to learn using the power of technologies.

He stated that they appreciate that there is an immense information in the internet that can benefit the girl child.  Masiga noted that the girl child is still lagging behind in ICT sector whereas men dominate in different positions therefore it was important to empower young girls with such skills.

Meanwhile, the aim of the commemoration was to encourage young women and girls to pursue their studies and careers in science, engineering, technology, mathematics, and other fields and help them achieve their dreams. The event was held under the Theme, “Leadership in STEM”. The theme highlighted the critical need for strong female role models in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.


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