As the world is fast becoming a global village calls continue to grow for the girl child to take up careers in information, communication technology (ICT) related fields.
Zimbabwe, like many other countries across the globe continues to embrace ICT which have become part of everyday life.
The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) brought together female students from across Masvingo Province for the belated Girls in ICT Day, where they interacted with professionals working in ICT and related fields.
The number of girls taking up ICT remains subdued with calls for more efforts to change this.
Air Zimbabwe pilot, Chipo Gatsi who has become a role model for many young girls after she became one of the first female pilots in the country told the students who attended the commemorations that with determination and hard work they can achieve their dreams and become forces to reckon with in once perceived male dominated fields.
“A lot of obstacles will come your way but that is not a reason to give up. It is about believing in yourself and grab opportunities that come your way,” said Gatsi.
According to director of ICT services in the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Beaullah Chirume, there is still a visible gap among the girl and boy child in the use of ICT’s, although efforts are being made to bridge the gap.
POTRAZ head marketing and international relations, Mrs Sibo Muteyiwa said the programme is bearing fruits, since they started the Girls in ICT commemorations in Zimbabwe, a number of girls who have attended these events have since taken up professions in ICT.
The school girls who attended this year’s commemorations, at Gokomere High School got an opportunity to receive a pep talk from a number of female professionals who are excelling in ICT sector.
The International Day for Girls in ICT is commemorated on the 4th Thursday of every April.