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Friday, July 21, 2017

Phase3 Partners on Higher Representation of Girl Child in ICT

In the wake of its education development initiatives for 2017, Phase3 Telecom is partnering on campaigns geared towards higher representation and active engagement of girls in the ICT space.

This year’s renewed collaboration with eBusiness Life Communications marks the company’s fourth partnership on the International Telecommunications Union member states’ global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICTs.

To date over 240,000 girls and young women have taken a part in more than 7,200 girls in ICT events held in 160 countries around the world.

According to Stanley Jegede, Phase3 CEO, the company’s focus in this regard has always been to champion or support programmes that aggressively drive early ICT education for girls; digitalised training as well as developing technology skills for women. And to ensure those skills are promptly and effectively harnessed for Africa’s rapid socio-economic development and sustainability.

He says it is notable that in West Africa, women are significantly under-represented across the board in ICT sector – from education and training programs right through to high level careers both in the academia or industry.

That faster results can also be recorded locally if several global pushes to see more girls encouraged for active career pursuits in the ICTs are consistently encouraged and replicated in Nigerian schools, especially through bespoke technology designed for local context and means such as IT/ICT career fairs; competitions; mentoring and work shadowing programmes; experience targeted workshops; open days at ICT based companies, institutions and government agencies.

More so, the ITU recently stated, “There is an estimated shortfall of over two million skilled ICT professionals worldwide. Despite the obvious benefits, many girls never even consider a career in ICTs. At the same time, many companies are looking to increase the number of women in the sector.

“The ICT sector is a growing sector for employment in both developed and developing countries. This means that highly qualified women in technical fields around the world have significant opportunities available to them.”

Jegede concludes by commending eBusiness Life commitment to the initiative year-on-year to mentor and support girls who have keen interest in walking the ICT career path whether in engineering, design, operations or research. That he is optimistic that this global evolution will gain greater influence in Africa as more and more institutions and agencies advocate ICT skills for women on the continent.

He believes that “young African girls must be encouraged early to see the advantages and dividends of the dynamic and fast-evolving-sector.”

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