As part of Government’s efforts aimed at boosting Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) across Basic and Senior High education levels in the country, Ghana’s version of the internationally acclaimed Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Competition for young Girls’ dubbed: “Ms Geek Ghana” has been launched.
Launched by the Ministry of Communications (MoC) in collaboration with the National Communications Authority (NCA) and the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications, the Competition which was founded in Rwanda as “Miss Geek Rwanda’” in 2014 which later became “Miss Geek Africa” in 2017 would inspire girls within the ages of 13 – 25 years in Africa to solve challenges in the continent using Technology.
“Ms Geek Ghana” would also encourage the target group to pursue careers in STEM.
At a ceremony to officially lunch the Competition, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister for Communications, noted that the MoC was miming the Competition in Ghana to achieve gender equality and to empower all young women in fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goal 5.
She said: “If young women, especially those in vulnerable societies and situations are encouraged to develop solutions which address untapped needs or improve existing initiatives, then they are likely to work.
“Though women play a vital role in our society they are likely to face social injustices and are also less likely to be educated and have access to ICT in overcoming their situations.”
The sector Minister explained that “In December, the shortlisted applicants will participate in a master class and at the end, will have to present their solutions before a panel. The winner will represent Ghana at the next Miss Geek Africa. The top three finalists will receive cash prizes and business support amongst others and most importantly from us.
“They will spread the word about girls’ and women’s achievements in STEM, encourage girls to develop their STEM skills, encourage teenage girls to take up courses in Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering and as well as encourage girls and women to participate in “Ms Geek Ghana” and submit meaningful contributions,” she added.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful encouraged all young women between the ages of 13 and 25 to think through issues facing them and their community, develop a simple solution using ICT and submit it through msgeek.org.gh.
Applicants can also submit their entries in person, by post or via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Ms Geek Ghana” competition is being run across Ghana and will be done with the ICT hubs, which will be responsible for assessing the initial entries and shortlisting the applicants.