Zimbabwe celebrates Girls in ICT Day

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ZIMBABWE joined the world to celebrate Girls in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) recently where more than 80 students from different rural and urban schools converged in Chinhoyi to commemorate the international day at Chinhoyi University of Technology Hotel.

BY TECHNOMAG

The event was organised by Zimbabwe’s telecommunication regulator Postal and Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz).

Speaking during the official opening of the event, Potraz acting general director Afred Marisa said the day marks an important event on our calendars as we celebrate the girl child in technology.

Girls went through a whole career guidance session led by telecommunication players representative where personal success stories were share.

The marketing director of NetOne, Memory Ndoro shared her experience and commitment to little things as a major reason which helped her to uplift her studies before lending herself in the top marketing position at the institution.

Kudzai Violet Gwara from StarFM, who was the event master of ceremony, urged the girls to focus on their passion.

Representatives from Telecel, Econet, NetOne, Liquid Telecom, Powertel, Africom took turns to the podium to exchange notes to the upcoming woman in technology of the future in moulding them for the opportunities created by technology.

The girl child was motivated to take up opportunities in the sector as a career against the culture of stereotyping where girls do not have the right passion towards engineering courses.

In an exciting move for solidarity and unity, competitors in telecommunication joined arms to fight for the girl child’s rights with NetOne sending a solidarity message against the Boko Haram kidnapping of girls with a Bring Back Our Girls message inscribed on their T-shirts.

The Tech Woman, a group of woman in technology which has been lobbying for training and exposure of girls to technological was also present during the procession taking part in the campaign for the girl child.

After the official presentations and careers guidance and counseling, students toured the various stands of the telecommunication players where they managed to get a one-on-one with operators to get to understand more on each player.

More will need to be done for the rural girls to enhance their general knowledge and understanding on ICTs and trends as both the students and teachers from the rural proved to lack basic understanding of the trending technologies like Whatsapp and Facebook with a handful still struggling to understand the concept.
— TechnoMag