Dominica joined the rest of the international community in observing Girls in ICT Day on Thursday April 25th under the theme: “Girls to Invent for the Future”.
Established through a formal resolution by the International Telecommunication Union in 2010, the annual event aims to create a global environment that empowers girls and young women pursuing careers in the ICT field.
Minister responsible for ICT’s Ambrose George in an address to mark the day’s observance encouraged young people to pursue careers in the field of ICT.
“There are many choices of areas where you can work. This ranges from the commercial sector and Government agencies, to not-for-profit sectors and research,” the Minister said.
He continued, “You can also work as a consulting professional or even set up your own e-business, you can provide ICT solutions to the local real estate agency or hotels or to Utility companies here and in the region or to a multinational financial company.”
He noted that as a trained ICT Proffessional, one could work anywhere and the skills gained will be transferable throughout his or her career.
With the focus of the day being on girls in ICT, the Minister made a special appeal for girls to get involved in the field of ICT.
“Today, as we celebrate ‘Girls in ICT Day’ and embrace the theme ‘Girls to invent for the Future’, I invite you to walk through the open door of ICT into a realm of new horizons and new relationships,” he said.
“Design your future!” proclaimed Minister George, “If you desire success then create it! If you want to make a difference then design your future!”
ICT jobs are consistently ranked among the top 20 careers with the best pay and best long term prospects, and the technology industry remains one of the world’s most robust sectors, creating strong ongoing demand for young tech-professionals.
To this end, the Government of Dominica has been working at its vision of ensuring that the island’s human resources are globally competitive and knowledge based in the field of ICT’s.