The Ghana Code Club, an after-school programme that teaches children computer programming was launched at Agona Swedru in Ghana’s Central Region. The program will train 750 young girls to develop or create computer games, animations, interactive arts, websites and mobile applications by the end of December 2019.

The program was initiated by the Municipal Chief Executive of Agona West Mrs. Justina Assan to empower young girls to succeed in today’s technological world. It is implemented by a partnership between Ghana Code Club and Ernesto Series Multimedia, an Agona Swedru-based educational company.

The club also launched its ‘Code on Wheels’ program, a community digital literacy initiative, which will have mobile volunteers travel to communities to host coding workshops for the youth and educators, with particular attention on girls and women.

Founder of Ghana Code Club Ms. Ernestina Appiah said the project focuses on girls and women because they lack basic skills in computer technology needed to compete in a technology-driven world. Ms. Appiah explained that about 1,200 new businesses are created by women everyday, so if women were give basic ICT knowledge, they will be able to market their trades on the global market.

Municipal Chief Executive of Agona West Mrs. Justina Assan encouraged young girls to avail themselves during the period to learn the rudiments of ICT, which would broaden their knowledge and enhance their studies.

Agona East Senior High School (SHS) Coordinator of GES Mrs. Susanna Ofosu-Eck lauded project stakeholders or their resolve to improve the ICT skills in the area. Other witnesses at the lauch include Director of Ernesto Series Multimedia Mr. Ernest Ato Bentil and Miss Universe Ghana 2018 Akpene Diata Hoggor

Credits: |Gilbert M. Agbey