Malawi commemorates Girls in ICT day
By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi
Malawi joined other International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member states in celebrating the International Girls in ICT Day which in Malawi fell on 23rd April, 2015.
Director General for Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) Andrew Kumbatira said this is an initiative that aims at creating a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
He observed that the International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every 4th Thursday of April every year.
In Malawi, Macra organized an event to commemorate the day at Ekwendeni Girls Secondary School in the country’s northern district of Mzimba on Thursday 23rd April, 2015.
The event was organised under the global theme: “Expanding horizons and changing attitudes”.
"As part of the event, women role models from the country’s ICT sector gave motivation talks to students on the growing and rewarding careers in ICT in Malawi,” he said.
As part of fulfilling its mandate to promote access to ICTs among girls and teachers at Ekwendeni Girls, Macra provided computing equipment and accessories to the school.
Kumbatira called upon teachers, parents and the general public to encourage girls to take an interest in the study of science subjects and consider a career in ICT.
“It is also important that employers should make a deliberate effort to hire female ICT experts who can take up leadership roles in the country’s ICT sector,” he said.