Information Technology Association of The Gambia, Basse Chapter
Basse, Gambia, 2013, May 17
GIRLS IN ICT DAY - BASSE EVENT REPORT
The Information Technology Association of The Gambia (ITAG) –Basse Chapter held its ''ICT Career Fair'' event on Friday May 17th, 2013 as part the celebration marking the 3rd International Girls in ICT Day on the slogan; "Expanding Horizons and Changing Attitudes'' at Regional Education Directorate Six' (6) Conference Hall in Basse, Masanjang Kunda, Upper River Region.
The event brought together one hundred and thirty (130) participants from Senior Secondary Schools, Technical and Vocational Training Centers, Government Departments, Civil Society and partner Organizations within Basse Upper River Region to learn and share experiences about opportunities and benefits which information and communication technologies offer to women and girls who decide to educate themselves and make their careers in this field.
Speaking on behalf the director of the regional education directorate six Mr. Haruna Sanyang welcomed and thanked the participants for attending and said his office is happy to be associated with such a laudable initiative geared towards empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of Information and Communication Technologies.
Mr. Sanyang elaborated on government's commitment in promoting Girls' Education in the country especially in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). He calls for collaborative efforts to educate and empower girls and young women on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to enable them invent and develop new technological tools for community empowerments.
Delivering his key notes address Mr. Ebrima Camara the chairperson of ITAG Basse Chapter informed the gathering that ITAG is a registered charity organization formed in the year 2004 to promote the use and development of ICTs for the socio economic transformation of the Gambia. He said Girls in ICT Day initiative came about when ITU member states hold their plenipotentiary meeting in Mexico (Guadalajara) 2010 under the resolution 70 which aims at creating a global environment that will empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the field of Information and Communication Technologies.
Since then the event is held on 4th Thursday of April every year and this year is the third of its kind to be celebrated worldwide on April 25th 2013.
Camara went on further and said this is the third event of ITAG first been held in May 26 2012 at Tambasansang Village in Tumana District and April 25th, 2013 at American Corner, Comium Building in Serekunda and today on the 17th of May, 2013 in Basse Upper River Region.
He concluded by thanking all stakeholders for supporting the initiative and appeal for their continuous support to enable them reach more girls in the years to come.
Other speakers include Mr. Sada Njie – Centre Manager Insight Training Centre Basse Annex, Mr. Paul Abudzo – IT Trainer St. Georges Technical and Junior Secondary School, Mr. Ismaila Drammeh- Coordinator Gambia Telecommunication and Multimedia Institute Basse Branch and Kawsu Sillah – Corporate Affairs Officer ITAG Basse Chapter.
The event ended with a drama play on the Importance of ICT Education as a future career choice by students of St. Georges Technical and Junior Secondary School.
Corporate Affairs Officer – ITAG Basse Chapter