Girls in the remote Chapananga area in Chikwawa district were the main focus of 2018 Girls in ICT Day celebrations as MACRA took the event to Chapananga Secondary School.
The event also saw the participation of girls from three surrounding community day secondary schools namely, Phwazi, Chang’ambika and Kakoma.
Girls in ICT is an annual event that was set aside by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) during its 2010 conference in Mexico.
This year, the day was celebrated under the theme, ‘Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes’.
In his speech, Director of Information Gedion Munthali, who was guest of honour during the event, said Government is striving not only to give education to the girl child but to give them high quality education.
“This can only be better achieved if the girl child is encouraged to work hard in science subjects including Mathematics which empower the girl child to take up careers in Information and Communication Technologies,” he said.
Speaking earlier on behalf of MACRA Director General, Bright Malopa advised the girls to make good use of their early days of life as they define their future.
“There are many stages of life that we human beings go through. I want you to prepare yourself for a good future by focusing on what you want be and working towards achieving that ambition,” he said.
In commemoration of the day, MACRA refurbished a computer lab, provided 10 computers and air conditioner at Chapananga Secondary School.
At the event, the girls performed various activities aimed at encouraging each other to work hard in science and technology subjects and to consider careers in ICTs.
Girls in ICT Day was set under resolution 70 on Gender Mainstreaming in ITU and Promotion of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women through Information and Communication Technologies.
The focus by ITU member states on Girls in ICT commemoration is on creation of a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICT.
This is in recognition of the fact that women play a key role in the reduction of poverty and the promotion of social and economic development for themselves, their families and their countries.
The day provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of science and technology and their critical role in promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and skills development.
It seeks to encourage girls and young women to participate fully in the digital economy and all aspects of society.
Malawi, a member of the ITU, has been celebrating the day since 2013 with female students from primary and secondary schools as well as unemployed school-leavers from across the country.