Monte Casino Girls High School played host to the Girls in ICT Day Celebrations, attracting not less than a thousand girls interested in pursuing careers in ICT. The day was celebrated under the theme, “Expanding horizons and changing attitudes.”
Speaking at the event, the Guest of Honour, Mrs Nyaradzo Viki-Mavindidze, co-author of a book called Breaking the the Glass Ceiling – Career Strategies for Women said that women have to be outstanding in ICT and choose the best ICT area to work in.
“If we are going to succeed and harness ICT careers, we have to stand out. Outstanding people stand out. ICT has different areas, choose yours. You can be in ICT working in banking,” said Mrs Mavindidze.
Girls in ICT Day initiative is a global effort to encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in information and communication technologies (ICT). It is backed by all ITU Member States aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICT.
Mrs Mavindidze spoke against the abuse of ICT, particularly social media by young people who are spending a lot of their precious time on meaningless activities on social media.
She also added that people have to minimize the amount of time they spend on social media as it hinders the undertaking of productive activities.
“If you are going to use ICT to expand your horizon, you have to minimize your mindless activities on social media,” added Mrs Mavindidze.
The world over, there is a growing interest in recruiting girls to study ICT related subjects given the fact that the number of school girls opting to study technology-related disciplines in decline in most countries worldwide. Because of this, the ITU is committed to championing the catalytic role a tech career can play in creating exciting, far-reaching opportunities for women and girls.