The International Communications Union (ITU), the UN specialised agency that coordinates the global ICT industry has commended the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology for its recent launching of the Digital Girls Clubs in schools across Nigeria.
The Clubs seek to train girls in skills like ICT games, application development, website development and computer programming across participating schools across the country.
This commendation came ahead of the “Girls in ICT Day”, an ITU’s annual global initiative to empower and encourage young women to consider studies and careers in ICT, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in April, every year.
ITU also applauded organisers and the young female folk who took part in the movement, including its Member States and private sector members, schools, universities and NGOs around the world who celebrated International Girls in ICT Day 2014 on April 24.
According to the ITU, its Member States, including Azerbaijan, Brazil, Colombia, Gambia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, Serbia, Venezuela and Zambia, together with Sector Members like Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, Microsoft, GSMA, and Telecentre.org, and NGOs from every region of the world are among the organizers that have already reached out to girls and young women worldwide this year.
In his annual Girls in ICT message, Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication says “Empowering girls and young women to fulfil their potential through ICTs will benefit not only young women and girls themselves, but entire societies and their economies.”