The Minister of ICT And NG Ms. Judith Nabakooba has commended probatics and Technovations -initiatives that are exposing young people to ICTs. The programs introduces young girls with limited knowledge about computers to the exciting world of designing computer application which can be deployed to earn a living and improve people’s livelihoods.
Nabakooba appreciated the fact that working alongside mentors, the project inspires young girls with employable skills in software development. “Given the fact that women and girls form the biggest percentage of our population, their access to ICT is key in our journey of transformation. There are a number of challenges that still exist in this effort,” the Minister stated .
Nabakooba , was hosting at the Ministry of ICT a group of young girls involved in ICT work and innovation while commemorating the International day for Girls in ICT. Globally, the day is used to build awareness about the importance of having more girls and women utilizing and accessing ICTs.
The Minister noted that Uganda has certainly achieved a lot when it comes to closing the gender digital gap. “Women in Uganda have consistently embraced the ICT sector not just as end users but as leaders and ICT developers. As the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, we are proud with the progress Uganda has made in the ICT sector,” She said .
She said that the government of Uganda continues to provide an enabling environment or early learners to have an introduction to ICTs. Through Uganda Communication’s Commission alone, 65 schools are supported with free computers every year.
She called upon religious and cultural institutions to join the campaign and educate everyone especially the men that ICTs are good for women as well.
Nabakooba also used the occasion to remind the country about criminals who are lurking in the ICT Industry. “The level of online abuse, sexual crimes, impersonation, obtaining money by false pretense are on the increase. All these crimes present a bigger danger for girls and young women.
As we celebrate this year’s day for Girls in ICT, let us strengthen our partnerships and resolve to fight these crimes, “ Nabakooba said.