The Director of Corporate Affairs at the Uganda Communications Commission Fred Otunnu, has advised the young girls to use ICT to create jobs and opportunities.
Otunnu also urged the girls to remain committed to ICT despite the growing misconceptions surrounding it.
The director was speaking to the Primary and Secondary school girls who had conveyed at Nabisunsa Girls School to celebrate ‘Girls in ICT’.
“Use ICT to create opportunities because it is the basic tool for individuals and companies to promote themselves and their talents,” noted Otunnu.
He commended the ‘Women in ICT’ Organization for standing with UCC in the cause to promote the day’s theme: “Expanding horizon, changing attitudes”.
He also gave Nabisunsa a vote of thanks for hosting the event before equally thanking the participating schools.
International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every year on April 4. However this year’s event was pushed forward because it clashed with the school calendar.
The day aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider 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 chief guest at the event was State Minister for ICT and National Guidance Aidah Nantaba who challenged the girls to start thinking outside the box.
Nantaba also called upon the schools to embrace ICT as the only means to excel and break the digital divide.
The participating schools showcased some of their inventions to the Minister and Otunnu.
Joyce Watangwa, a form six student at Kololo High, while taking the Minister through the school’s invention ,spared time to explain the challenges a girl child in ICT face which included Financial issues in accessing the IT hardware, Internet based fraudsters, language barrier, unregulated content on the internet among others.
The event also had a panel session where panelists Davis Musinguzi (Medical Concierge), Herbert Mukiibi (Makerere) and others discussed issues related to the theme.