The International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by ITU (International Telecommunications Union) member states and it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April every year. It aims to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICT and enables both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.
This special day with the theme ‘Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes’ was commemorated on April 25, 2019 advocates for a gender-balanced technology industry by sensitizing employers on the need to promote gender balance at all levels of the profession in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
It is in this regard that Paritie Dynamic Enterprise Limited brought together girls from Eight (8) Secondary schools made up of Government and private schools across in Minna, Niger State on the 22nd of May, 2019 to sensitize these young girls and their teachers on the significance of ICT to other professions and self development.
We had speakers with experience in business, media, academics, student currently on SIWES at ‘Paritie’ and a representative of the Commissioner of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology grace the occasion to encourage and give the girls the opportunity to learn about opportunities in ICT. The presentations from the guest speakers covered these topics below:
- Approaches for Encouraging Girls Participation in ICT – Hajiya Maimuna Mohammed Babangida (Lecturer and Media Personality)
- Careers in ICT – Omowunmi Victoria Samson (SIWES Student and Website developer)
- Achieving a Gender-Balanced Tech Industry – Dr Bilkisu Larai Muhammed-Bello (Lecturer)
- Evolution of ICT and its Impact on Girls – Mrs Gloria Eneh Omale (Lecturer)
In the speech of The Special guest of Honour, Honourable Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology ably represented by Alhaji Mahmoud B. Sani, he encouraged the girls not to look down on themselves because of their gender as they can achieve what they want to achieve and even find themselves at the helms of affairs. On his part, Alhaji Kabir Bawa, the Group Executive Chairman of Afro Foods who was a special guest at the event, encouraged the girls to take up careers in ICT.
Highlights of the event was the mingle game session where the girls had to introduce themselves to one another, ask questions and contributions/questions from teachers concerning the plight of educational institution in ICT advancement in Niger State and the larger society. The event came to an end after Abdulqahar Usman gave word of appreciation and urged the participants to aim for greatness regardless of the challenges. It was indeed an interesting outing for the girls and us at ‘Paritie’ going by the feedback about the event which is a great omen for what is to come from us.