Another Landmark Edition of the Girls In ICT Day, an annual event by the International Telecommunications Union was once again successfully marked by Digital peers International, organizers of DIGITEST, africa largest IT summer camp.
The Girls In ICT Day celebration held at the Baze University, Abuja and had a turn out of over 133 students from 8 public and 4 private schools in the FCT in attendance. The National Coordinator, Office of ICT Innovation and Entreprenuership, of the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency, Dr. Amina Sambo was ably represented at the event said that ICT education and awareness, skill and enterprise remained key to the socio-economic transformation of the nation.
Also present at the Event were delegates from the Education Board of the Federal Capital Territory Administration.
The theme for this annual event: Safe Girls, Safe Future had delegates from the Nigeria Communications Satellite, Mrs. Mauren Nzekwe on hand to inspire the girls on the need to break free from stereotypes and have a can do spirit to achieve their goals. A female guest lecturer from Baze University Mohammed Ruqquya from also spoke on the theme. Mrs. Olawale Damilola, ICT mentor and speaker and Mrs Hassana Ibrahim, CEO womenwill/Google Lead both fielded questions from the young girls about the challenges faced in an ICT career.
Students were taken on a tour of the ICT Department of Baze university and the IT facilities and participated in a quiz competition where three schools Africa International College, AIC, Royal College Masaka, and GSSSDutse emerged winners. The GICT is an annual event that is marked to encourage the participation of young girls in the field of ICT. Digital Peers International has continually and consistently hosted the GICT event since 2012.