Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) drive growth and innovation worldwide, infiltrating all aspects of our lives. These ongoing advances in ICTs effectively make digital literacy a prerequisite for employment and entrepreneurship opportunities and are leading to a projected shortage of at least 2 million ICT employees worldwide by 2020. Studies show that not enough young people are choosing careers in ICT – especially not enough young women. Expanding the global technology talent pool to include more women with ICT skills can help fill this gap.
Supporting the global Girls in ICT movement empowers girls and young women, giving them the confidence to pursue ICT studies and careers. Girls and young women have the potential not only to become ICT users but also to become ICT creators. And the good news is that jobs as ICT creators often offer higher salaries and lower gender-based pay gaps than in other fields.
Girls in ICT events by Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA) make girls aware of the vast possibilities ICTs offer, quelling misconceptions about the sector and inviting them to envision their future as ICT creators.
So far, We have implemented the Girls in ICT event across 10 cities in Nigeria (Abuja, Kano, Bauchi, Katsina, Kaduna, Jos, Gombe, Zamfara, Niger, and Kogi) with the theme “Creating a Sustainable Future: The role of ICT”.
To create an environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Getting to learn Java Programming Language was a great opportunity for me. I had seen Java only on my phone and I never imagined I will have the opportunity to learn it. All thanks to Girls in ICT for the platform (Girls in ICT 2016). Patience Abraham, Government Girls Secondary School Independence Way, Kaduna.
Girls in ICT event was really innovative and has changed my views about ICT. With Girls in ICT, we will really create a better future (Girls in ICT 2016). Christiana John, Government Girls Secondary School, St. Michael’s College, Kaduna.
This has been a very educative experience. For the students, the exposure has been overwhelming. As an ICT Teacher, I have gained more in using ICT as a tool to disseminate information and enhance knowledge (Girls in ICT 2015). Nusirat Atoyebi-Teacher, Government Science & Technical College, Area 3, Garki