Girls Can Code: UNESCO’s Information for All Programme launches a new project in Ghana

The First Lady of Ghana Ms Rebecca Akufo-Addo launches in Accra a UNESCO/IFAP project on empowering women and girls through ICT, under which about 300 junior high school students are trained in the development of codes and applications.

Entitled “Girls Can Code”, the project aims at training teenagers between the ages of 11 and 14 from ten schools across the ten regions of the country. It is designed under UNESCO’s Information for All Programme (IFAP) and is intended to bring equity and narrow the gap between men and women in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). At the ceremony that takes place on 17 January 2018, Ms Akufo-Addo emphasizes the role of technology in our rapidly evolving world, stating that it can be used to improve women’s economic outlook while addressing the gender gap.

“Girls Can Code” is implemented by UNESCO, is collaboration with Advance Information Technology Institute-Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE), Ghana Education Service (GES), Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA), DreamOval and Soronko Solution.