"International Girls in ICT Day, an initiative backed by all ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Dubai, 2018), aims to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector. The is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April" - ITU Website
This year, in Lesotho, the event was commemorated on the 25 April at Manthabiseng Convention Center. The initiative to celebrate this event in Lesotho was made by the Lesotho Communications Authority, the communications regulator in Lesotho in partnership with the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology
One part of the event that made it stand out was how the organizers brought all institutions that offer Science and Technology related courses to provide all relevant information regarding the courses available and the entry requirements for those courses enabling the girls to make informed choices when transitioning from high school to Univerity or College
Organizations with the aim of bridging the gender gap in Science and Technology disciplines such as BasaliTech were present to inform the audience of their programs (Girl Code Camps, Tech Kidz Sessions and the Mentoring program) which help interest girls in such courses by giving them basic skills and helping retain them once in the field by mentoring. They also mentioned their milestones indicating in April 2019 only they have taught 20 girls how to create websites and 21 boys and girls introduction to electronics and robotics. They also brough along a girl from the Tech Kidz Session to demonstrate the innovative electric circuits and minion robots they made ... Exciting !
Girls Coding academy also addressed the audiance, their team of girls will be attending the Pan African Robotics Challange in Ghana this year and also spoke of the Girls Tech Talk Conference planned for later this year in parnership with the GEM Institute.
Other amazing ladies from the Technology space also formed panel discussions including topics such as the socio-economic impact of technology and among the panelists was our co-founder Setsoto Hlohlomi and mentor Lerato Mphaka being the Master of Ceremonies.
We thank the organizing companies for shining the light for our young girls and helping increase female participation in the worls of STEM.
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