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THE YCEO: MTN Ghana Mentors' Young Girls in ICT

As part of efforts to encourage more girls to pursue careers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the MTN Ghana Foundation in partnership with Sorongko Academy held a mentorship session with some female students of the La Bawlashie Presby Junior High School in Accra.

This initiative due the low number of female ICT professional and engineers in the industry as Ghana joined the rest of th world to mark International Girls in ICT day.

During the event, a five member team of female technocrats and engineers from MTN Ghana, shared inspiring career stories in the tech industry and encouraged the young female students to love and challenge themselves in the IT sector.

The students were also taken through innovation challenge, android app development and presented with certificates after the workshop held at the Soronko Academy at East Legon.

enior Manager at MTN Ghana Foundation responsible for sustainable and social impact, Georgina Fiagbenu said, considering the few number of women in ICT, the foundation thinks it is important to get girls to be motivated to do ICT or Technology related courses.

She disclosed that the MTN Ghana Foundation a year ago partnered with two ICT organisations, Soronko Academy and Tech in Women to organize ICT and coding courses for young girls in tertiary institutions.

"Less than 3% of girls are in technology related careers and we want to change the story so the initiative is to get more girls to think about technology careers”., she stated.

On his part, Corporate Services Executive (ag.) of MTN, Samuel Korangteng stressed that the statistics of female participation in ICT jobs must change.

According to him, more girls should be encouraged to pursue careers in ICT and engineering in Ghana and across the globe.

“The subject of ICT and engineering is not interesting, it also leads to careers that impacts our everyday lives, makes a difference in our family, community, country as well as help make the world a better place”, he stated.

The MTN Ghana Foundation and its partners, Soronko Academy and Tech in Women aims to create an environment for that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the rowing field of ICT, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.

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