Nigeria celebrates girls in ICT

LAGOS: NIGERIA has joined some members of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to celebrate Girls in ICT Day.

Every year on the fourth Thursday in April, ITU and the global technology community celebrate the day, an awareness-raising initiative designed to promote technology careers and studies to a new generation of girls and young women with an interest in becoming ICT creators.

In a statement released on Monday, ITU said Member States, including Azerbaijan, Brazil, Colombia, Gambia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, Serbia, Venezuela and Zambia, along with ITU Sector Members Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, Microsoft, GSMA, and, and NGOs from every region of the world are among the organizers that have already reached out to girls and young women worldwide this year.

ITU saluted the hundreds of organizers and thousands of girls and young women taking part in this global movement, including ITU Member States and private sector members, and schools, universities and NGOs around the world who celebrated International Girls in ICT Day 2014.

“ICTs are improving the lives of people everywhere, through better healthcare, better education, better environmental management, better communications and better governance,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré.

He encouraged girls around the world, to “pursue smart careers – careers where you make the very best of technology to help improve the lives of others.”

International ‘Girls in ICT Day’ has rapidly grown into a global movement, with thousands of events organized in over 140 countries since its inception in 2010.