June 18, 2019
Ghana and the rest of the world cannot develop without the new digital literacy drive that has taken over the world. The world of technology has become a fast-paced environment for all across the globe. The age of digital literacy is indeed here, and everyone is deeply involved in this new paradigm. It is therefore appropriate that every individual in Africa, both child and adult, join this digital revolution and be part of the New Digital Age.
In line with the need to ensure every individual in Ghana is digitally literate and DreamOval Foundation’s mission of knowledge creation, sharing and utilisation, the foundation has launched the second edition of Females in Tech Initiative. This edition of the female-centric program dubbed FemiTI 2.0 is in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service(GES) with sponsorship from SAP. Seventy-six girls from the Greater Accra region will be introduced to IOT, Robotics and coding in an 8-week intensive digital literacy training.
The girls were selected from public schools in Madina, Adenta, Amrahia, Ogbojo and Ayi Mensah. Speaking at the launch of the program in Accra, Mr Francis Ahene-Affoh, SVP of the DreamOval Foundation, admonished the participants to be circumspect of the enormous opportunity this program is presenting to them. He indicated that the DreamOval Foundation believes in a transformed society through digital evolution and advised them to take the training seriously. He further encouraged the girls to use this training as an opportunity to develop programs and projects that will support their schools and their communities.
Speaking on behalf of the Director of Basic Education of GES, Madam Philomena Buckman praised DreamOval Foundation for this initiative targeting girls from underprivileged societies and advised the girls to comport themselves and come out refined through this training.
The Foundation finds it essential to help with the development of young women and to ignite their interest in ICT education in Ghana. This is because female enrolment in schools continues to decline progressively from the basic to the tertiary level of our educational system. FemITI seeks to offer young girls from deprived areas with a lifetime opportunity to develop their minds and receive a quality education in digital literacy. The DreamOval Foundation works in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 and 5, promoting Quality Education and achieving Gender Equality, respectively.
All girls who participate in FemITI are monitored and guided from the beginning to explore an opportunity in higher education of learning. The commitment is to see the girls fulfill their dreams in software engineering and to tell a positive story to impact the lives of other girls in similar situations. The objective of this initiative is to train a total of 50,000 girls across the country within the next five years. Regions targeted include Volta, Ashanti. Eastern, Central and the Western region. The program will also address the needs of girls in the northern sector of Ghana in the future. Females in Tech Initiative (FemiTI) is an initiative of DreamOval Foundation an sponsored by SAP.