Huawei Ghana, working in partnership with Ghana’s Ministry of Communications and Digitalization (MOCD), held a 10-day residential training workshop in Artificial Intelligence for 50 female students drawn from eight universities across different administrative regions of Ghana. The workshop equipped participants with introductory skills and knowledge in Artificial Intelligence, cyber security, storage, Big Data, Internet of Things and Cloud Service. Participants undertook team projects, mentorship and career guidance sessions, industrial tours and socializing opportunities while they learned from the best in the tech industry. The workshop was held as part of the Tertiary Edition of the Girls in ICT Initiative of the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization (MOCD).

“At Huawei, we believe that technology innovation can be led by women, and technology in its end can empower women,” she said.

Mrs. Jenny Zhou | Director of Public Relations for Huawei Ghana

Director of Public Relations for Huawei Ghana Mrs. Jenny Zhou said Huawei was delighted to be working in partnership with MOCD to train more women in the latest information communication technologies (ICT). Mrs. Zhou explained that the program was consistent with Huawei’s Women In Tech and Seeds for the Future Program through which Huawei was also looking forward to develop more local skilled technology talent in 2021 with increased female participation. Through the Women In Tech and Seeds for the Future Program, Huawei looks to contribute towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 5 — attaining gender equality and empowering all women and girls through ICT. Huawei Ghana dedicated this 2021 edition of its flagship CSR program, Seeds for the Future to women studying in STEM programs at the university level.

Minister for Communications and Digitalization Mrs. Ursula Owusu- Ekuful, who is also Patron of the Girls in ICT Initiative, commended Huawei for its support and investment in the program to ensure its success. The training workshop is one of the modules MOCD was introducing to the Girls in ICT Initiative and with continuing support from Huawei, MOCD hopes to make it an annual workshop, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful added.

“As the maiden event and the first for you ladies benefitting from the initiative, I wish to encourage you to focus on the training and the business competition as well. I also hope that going forward you will become ambassadors to preach the ICT gospel to the younger ones in the primary and SHS schools.”

Mrs. Ursula Owusu- Ekuful | Minister for Communications and Digitalization

Mr. Richard Okyere-Fosu, Director General of Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) and Dr. Collins Yeboah Afari, Head of the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence, commended Huawei for the company’s support of the program. Mr. Okyere-Fosu said GIFEC had instituted its own ICT capacity building program for teachers and students in second cycle and basic schools in Ghana – providing avenues for children and women and supporting them to become higher achievers. Dr. Afari

The Head of the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence, Dr. Collins Yeboah Afari, encouraged the students to take their training seriously and appealed to Huawei for collaboration to train more women and girls in latest information communication technologies.