The government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services has urged girls to participate more in ICTs in order to enhance girl child education and alleviate poverty.
Speaking at the commemorations of Girls In ICT in Masvingo at Gokomere High School yesterday Director of ICT Services Dr Beaullah Chirume said the ministry has been working towards bridging the divide and inequalities in the use of ICTs
“Despite all the progress made in ICTs during past years, the digital divide still remains evident and is compounded by disparities and inequalities in access, use and skills between men and women and women, countries and underserved areas and also persons with disabilities and other specific needs,” she said
“I am encouraging everyone here and all authorities represented to be active stakeholders in the information society promoting the ICT skills, especially for the girl child. Let us work together and redouble our efforts to ensure that women are given access to ICTs, and develop the leadership potential for them to work in the ICT sector,”.
The ministry has been working towards full access and utilization of ICTs, for the marginalised and to contribute to the country’s national vision of becoming a digital economy.
“The ministry working together with the entire telecoms sector has embarked on several projects to stimulate ICT development , some of the initiatives include regulation of the ICT environment, Infrastructure development, ICT Industry development, ICT Innovation and ICT Access and Utilization through projects such as E-Learning programs and CICs. The ministry also provides training on digital skills to ensure that ICTs are utilized in a manner that increases productivity,” she said.
The number of girls taking up ICT related subjects and careers remain subdued, with women such as Chipo Gatsi the first female pilot for Air Zimbabwe, becoming role models for girls who envision to be in the sector.