Women Increased Access To ICT Will Stimulate Economic Growth – ICT Expert

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Ghana has been asked to give women enhanced access to Information and Communication Technology, ICT, to expedite the required economic growth of the country.

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An ICT expert who made the call in Tema said, as critical players in the socio-economic wellbeing of Ghana, women deserve in-depth knowledge and unfettered access to ICT to improve the quality of their day-to-day economic activities for the overall economic growth of the country.

Deputy Head for the Tema Campus of OpenLabs Ghana formerly NIIT, Stephen Ayitey Creppy Junior, made the call at the tenth edition of the institute’s annual ICT scholarship to deserving but financially incapacitated young people across the country.

In its 20 years of existence with quality ICT training and services in critical Ghanaian sectors, OpenLabs Ghana has in the last ten years offered scholarships to brilliant but needy students who yearn to read ICT but have not got the financial means.

Explaining the long outstanding theme for the scholarship; “increased accessibility of ICT education amongst women”, Mr. Creppy Jnr. said, studies reveal that women who use social media for their businesses are doing tremendously well. This the ICT expert added will improve if women get more access to ICT.

Mr. Creppy Jnr. averted minds to how critical ICT has become, especially in this era of the global COVID-19 pandemic where people are using ICT to solve complex problems which hitherto required human interfacing. “It is often said that humans think extensively in difficult situations and find solutions to keep making going, and the advent of coronavirus pandemic is a classic case” he emphasised.

He further explains that as part of its obligation to give back to society, OpenLabs has instituted the scholarship scheme to afford beneficiaries who yearn to read ICT but their parents cannot afford the costs the opportunity to acquire ICT knowledge as an expeditious tool for socio-economic advancement.

Ten students from three Senior High Schools in Tema sat for an aptitude test at the launch of the scholarship which targets not less than 500 students and young people across Ghana. This aptitude test will be replicated at all five branches of the institute across Ghana in order to make the scholarship even and equitable.

By: Edward Sebbie/Contributor

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