Huawei Ghana, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization (MOCD), held a 10-day residential Artificial Intelligence (AI) program for 50 women from eight institutions throughout Ghana.
The program, which began on Monday, September 20, 2021, and will end on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, is part of the Ministry of Communication and Digitalization’s Girls in ICT Program’s Tertiary Edition, which aims to provide participants with introductory skills and knowledge in cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, storage, big data, and the Internet of Things.
Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Honorable Minister for Communications and Digitalization, who was also the Special Guest of Honor at the inauguration ceremony and the patron of the Girls in ICT program, encouraged participants to show passion and dedication during the training time.
“As the maiden event and the first for you ladies benefitting from the initiative, I wish to encourage you to focus on the training and the business competition as well. I also hope that going forward you will become ambassadors to preach the ICT gospel to the younger ones in the primary and SHS schools.”
The Minister, commended Huawei for the support and effort they have invested in ensuring that the program comes off successfully. According to her, the workshop, is one of the modules that the MOCD is introducing to the Girls in ICT Initiative and with support from Huawei, the Ministry looks forward to making it an annual program.
The Director of Public Relation, for Huawei Ghana, Mrs. Jenny Zhou expressed the telecom giants delight in partnering with the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization to ensure that more ladies are trained in latest ICT technologies.
Mrs. Zhou mentioned that in line with Huawei’s Women In Tech and Seeds for the Future Program this year, Huawei is also looking forward to developing more local skilled ICT talent with a higher number of female participation, as a means of contributing its quota towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, of attaining gender equality and empowering all women and girls through ICT.
“At Huawei, we believe that technology innovation can be led by women, and technology in its end can empower women,” she said.
The Director General of Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC), Mr. Richard Okyere-Fosu, revealed that GIFEC has instituted their ICT capacity building program which focuses on providing ICT capacity for teachers and students in the second cycle and basic schools in Ghana.
According to him, GIFEC has executed these projects to provide avenues for children and women and support them to become higher achievers.
The Head of the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence, Dr. Collins Yeboah Afari, also applauded Huawei for contributing immensely to the success of the program. He encouraged the students to take the training seriously and called on Huawei for a collaboration, to train more women and girls in latest information communication technologies.
As part of the program, students are expected to embark on Team Projects, Mentorship and Career Guidance Sessions, and also have fun activities like Industrial tours and walks to enable them socialize whiles learning from the best in the tech industry. Huawei has dedicated this year’s edition of its flagship CSR program, Seeds for the Future to ladies offering STEM courses at the university.