School of Technology Launch Women in Information Technology & Engineering Programme
By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu
The School of Technology (SOT), as part of its efforts to promote interest in Information Technology and Engineering (IT & E) among female students in the Junior and Senior High Schools has launched the ‘Women in Information Technology & Engineering’ programme.
The programme, which also targets students in tertiary institutions, seeks to encourage them to pursue career opportunities in IT & E by connecting them to successful women who have themselves, built successful careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
By exposing these young female students to these successful career women, it is believed they could become their role model, be inspired by their success and thereby, provide career guidance and mentorship to them.
In his address, the Dean of SOT, Dr. Joseph Adjei was thrilled about the prospects of having these young female students being mentored by women in IT & E.
‘Information Technology is becoming a force to reckon with in the world today, hence its increasing importance, it is therefore imperative that young females develop keen interest in IT to enable them fit into this global world,’ he said.
He was optimistic that by the end of the programme, many of the young females would gained more insight into the many opportunities that already exists in IT & E, and also make conscious effort to pursue future careers in that area.
He lauded the sponsors of the programme for the initiative and urged other organisations to help make the programme a success by also providing sponsorship.
On her part, Mrs. Natalie Anoma, Chief information officer in charge of function system at Ecobank Group Technology, said her organisation was happy to partner GIMPA in this regard.
‘Our aim is to provide career paths for these young ones who would have ordinarily, not have had any interest in ICT and technology,’ she reiterated.
‘It is our hope that this initiate would help increase female enrolment in science and maths programmes,’ she said.
The launch will be followed by activities such as annual WITE school, competitions, school tours, mentorship programmes, among many others.