Asantewaa Fauchie, a 15-year-old JHS student from Sefwi Kofikrom D/A JHS in the Juaboso District of the Western North Region has emerged winner of the 2021 Girls-in-ICT program.
The Girls-in-ICT program is an initiative to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.
For emerging as the winner, Asantewaa Fauchie was awarded a cash prize of GH₵ 2,000, a laptop and an award plaque.
Asantewaa Fauchie was crowned the winner after emerging as the best among thousands of girls who were trained in coding, using tools like CSS, HTML among others.
Asantewaa Fauchie, the 15-year-old girl was announced the winner of the 2021 edition of the initiative during a ceremony which was held at the Catholic Pastoral Center on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
Efua De- Heer Isabella from the Bibiani Asawinso Bekwai came second and received a ₵1,500 cash price; a laptop and a plaque.
Rebecca Yemaal from Juaboso came third and received a cash price of ₵1000; a laptop and a plaque.
Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful made reference to the achievement of women in leadership present at the event and asked the girls to take advantage of opportunities and make the most of it.
“You can do even more than what we have achieved. Many of us never got the opportunity to play, work with the computer as you have done so you have been given something that we have not got. It is your duty to become more illustrious women of Ghana than we are”.
She indicated that there is nothing that a man can do that woman cannot do.
“We are indispensable for the development of any country and yet we are severely disadvantaged across all sectors and it is time to take deliberate steps to even the playing field”.
According to her, the Girls-in-ICT program is all about breaking the myth around women involving themselves in ICT.
The Senior Manager for MTN Ghana, Network Performance, Ms Louisa Ama Sosu who spoke on behalf of the Chief Corporate Services Officer noted that MTN’s participation is an endorsement of the global movement to ensure that female children are not left out of the plethora of future opportunities that access to technology brings.
“Undoubtedly, Government and indeed our sector Minister are extremely passionate about equipping and nurturing young female talents to compete on a global scale, and as such have consistently and significantly over the last 4 years invested in this initiative,” she said
She indicated that as a business that is committed to women empowerment and equality, we are delighted and proud to partner with the Ministry on this laudable initiative.
The chief of Sefwi Bodi and Adontehene of Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Area, Katakyie Kwasi BumaGama II in a speech read on his behalf said for the world to reap the full benefit of Information Communication Technology, it must be made available to people everywhere.
She was hopeful that girls will find it necessary to acquire new skills in technological communication to be able to compete favourably with their male counterparts.
The Administrator for GIFEC, Mr Prince Sefa urged the girls to perceive the world in the next 50 to 100 years, and see themselves playing a pivotal role in making it a better ICT space.
“This is the beginning of greater heights you can achieve, this is the beginning of your greatness. Do not dim your light. I believe in you, and so should you”, he said.