When I got employed in a bank in the 1990s, personal computers (PC) had just been introduced. Colleagues who had been employed early would share with us stories of how they used to work without the PCs, it sounded tiresome. As I listened to the stories I wondered how life would have been filling ledgers and balancing manually. Once in a while when we were subjected to working manually without the PCs I would appreciate that the PCs were making our lives easy.
To me it was exciting because I had never used a PC before. I started learning slowly and within a short time I was able to use the PC effectively. I enrolled for computer classes and this enabled me to gain more knowledge and skills.
The world has changed so fast and nowadays information communication technology (ICT) is a must as now it acts like a mode of communication.
As we celebrate this International Girls in ICT day on 25th April, I want to reach out to all girls and women in the world to embrace ICT. ICT enables us to connect to the whole world and share our experiences with others. It also enables us to be up to date on what is happening around us and in the world. Whatever profession we are in, we need ICT as it makes our lives easy, enjoyable and informed.
As we become more digitally aware we need to choose what we can engage in on the digital platforms. This is because not all that is on digital is good and some girls and women have suffered due to using the digital space wrongly.
ICT acquisition is the way to go. In the current world it is easy to be creative and innovative using ICT and there are a lot of benefits that come with creativity and innovativeness.
What I am doing is to encourage girls and women in my community to take up and study ICT in the available colleges. They have started and we look forward to them finishing the courses and moving further.