from ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA – THE international community is celebrating the Girls in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Day, marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April.
More than 170 countries will commemorate the day initiated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The main ITU event in the continent is at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Around 260 school-age girls from Addis Ababa and across the African continent will participate.
During the course of the coming 12 months, ITU will follow their journey through a series of short documentaries focusing on their daily activities, dreams and the importance of ICTs in their lives and future.
The second coding bootcamp of the African Girls Can Code Initiative 2018-2022, an initiative of ITU, UN Women and the African Union Commission, is ongoing in South Africa. The camp comprises courses on digital literacy, coding and personal development skills, including entrepreneurial knowledge.
Through 18 coding camps, the African Girls Can Code programme is expected to reach more than 2 000 girls by 2022.
In addition, this year ITU has selected girls from Eswatini, Ethiopia and Tanzania to become role models and young spokespersons for the ongoing Girls in ICT campaign.
The special focus on Africa recognizes the enormous potential for leveraging ICTs to drive economic growth and development and accelerate progress towards all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
As well as having the lowest rate of internet penetration, Africa has the widest digital gender gap in the world with only 18,6 percent of women using the Internet, compared with 24,9 percent of men.
– CAJ News