A one -week training workshop dubbed “Girls in ICT” culminated on Friday April 27th, 2018 with a closing ceremony at the National Insurance Services Conference Room.
The workshop which was hosted by the Information Communications Technology Department – ITSD in conjunction with the Ministry of National Mobilisation was held as part of activities to commemorate International Girls in ICT Day 2018.
Minister of National Mobilization, Hon. Frederick Stephenson said that his Ministry is pleased to collaborate with the ITSD for a second time to host the Girls in ICT workshop.
He noted that the twenty four young ladies who participated in the workshop were drawn for the various empowerment programs of his Ministry namely the Single Parent Program, the Teen Mothers Progam, the Yes Program and the Social Protection Program.
“These initiatives undertaken by my Ministry are efforts to transition their lives from a state of dependence to one of Independence, he said.
Minister Stephenson noted that the participants were engaged in specialized training that would help them to not only gain employment but also to perform tasks when employed.
Minister with responsibility for Information Technology, Hon. Camillo Gonsalves said Girls in ICT in St.Vincent and the Grenadines and the Caribbean on a whole must take on a different approach than Girls in ICT in different parts of the world.
” In other parts of the world there is a gender gap in academic achievements and participation in academic pursuits that we do not have in St.Vincent and the Grenadines and the Caribbean”, the Information Technology Minister said.
“In St.Vincent and the Grenadines and the Caribbean we must convince our girls to apply their considerable talents and achievements to the field of ICT “He noted that they must be made aware that ICT and computing are the future for SVG and the Caribbean.
Minister Gonsalves has urged girls to use their devices not just for social media purposes but also to develop applications and contents that people would be excited to view and share and monitize for our country’s development. “We have to tell our girls to look to ICT as a potential career, the Minister of Technology said.
The two participants who spoke at the closing ceremony of the workshop thanked the ITSD and the Ministry of National Mobilization for affording them the opportunity to participate in the workshop.
They noted that they entered the workshop with little or knowledge in ICT and have left the workshop move advanced in the field
The featured address was delivered by Ms. Seymourne Bascombe, Manager of Synotech.
On April 26th, International Girls in ICT Day 2018, a Hakathon was held at the Methodist Church Hall for Girls in ICT for school. The Vincentians girls were linked with Girls in four other Caribbean countries to embark on ICT related activities.
The Girls in ICT Workshop which commenced on Monday April 23rd focused on Document Preparation, Windows and File Management, Communication, Social Marketing, Web Designing, Data Storage, Budgeting, Internet PROs and Cons and Photography. The workshop was facilitated by the staff of the ITSD.