This year would be the 5th year that the GirlsInICTechWeek Program has existed. An initiative I came up with as a way of imparting skills and knowledge to young girls who would be interested to pursue ICT as a career choice.
It started in April 2015 and it takes place every GirlsInICT Day week :) so the week where the GICT Day falls - which is the last week of April.
It's been an exciting journey and experience facilitating and organising the event - especially meeting the young girls and seeing the excitement they have when they learn new skills and are amazed by technology!
The TechWeek is a 4-day program where the girls (selected by their school) 20 in total participate in the program - Areas of learning include: Computer Technology, Networking Concepts and Software Development.
A visit to ICT Departments or setups and talks by women in ICT are also included.
A Seminar is hosted where ICT organisations and professionals talk on relevant topics and share their experience and at the end of the program, the girls receive a certificate of Participation.
Over 60 girls have participated and from these 10 have put ICT as their selection of further study choice and 5 have been accepted to pursue their ICT learning.
This year, we missed out in putting together a TechWeek program but a TechWeek Video of Women and Girls in ICT were shown throughout the week to share what girls are learning as part of the ICT course in university and women who work in the ICT Sector.
Am thankful for the support of our country's ICT authority body - NICTA who continue to support such initiatives together with other organisations and individuals.
The International Girls in ICT day is finally becoming a Day worth noting in organisations and institutions but more awareness needs to be made.
Looking forward to reading all about the various GICT activities around the globe!