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OUR going all out for Girls in ICT Day 2017

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:59 AM

Hundreds of teenage girls from across Jamaica will be exposed to career opportunities in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), when the nation marks International Girls in ICT Day tomorrow.

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) will be hosting a full day of activities for female high school students, many of whom will travel from outside the Corporate Area to attend. The event takes place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, starting at 8 a.m. 

The main goal of Girls in ICT Day, which is observed globally, is to make girls and young women aware of the vast possibilities offered by ICTs and give them the confidence to pursue ICT studies and careers.

In addition to focusing on girls, the initiative aims to raise awareness among parents, teachers and other influences in girls’ lives.

Female entrepreneurs and professionals working in the field of ICT will engage the students as they provide first-hand accounts of their experiences whether working on their own, or employed in businesses.

Other female professionals and educators will offer practical advice including how to source financing for starting businesses, subjects and courses students need to pursue in keeping with their career choices, and the traits employers are seeking in potential employees.

Resource persons from over ten companies will make themselves available to act as mentors to the students throughout the day.

Microsoft and the University of Technology (UTech) will conduct hands-on workshops, while other companies, including the two major telecommunications companies, FLOW and Digicel will also set up interactive booths to ensure an even deeper level of engagement.

Minister of Science Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley will be guest speaker at the event.