mHub hosted 64 young ladies from surrounding technical colleges to celebrate Girls in ICT Day.....

Women are still not proportionately represented among ICT professionals. The incentives to attract them to the digital sector and their awareness of the benefits of the participation in this growing and rewarding field remain low. As an initiative to assist in increasing knowledge and awareness of opportunities for women to serve in this field, mHub had a Creative Design Concept workshop for young ladies in ICT living in Malawi. This event was done to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day which is celebrated every fourth Thursday in April every year. The event was held on Thursday April 28th and hosted 64 young ladies, namely from Lilongwe Technical College, Don Bosco Technical College and other surrounding institutions. The event started at 9:00am and ended at 3:30pm.

International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which is a global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in Information Technologies. It is an opportunity for girls and young women to get insight into the ICT sector to consider ICT careers through open days at ICT institutions. These celebrations raise awareness and inspire young girls and women to see technology in a new light. The Member States of the International Telecommunication Union agreed in 2010 to celebrate the International Girls in ICT Day on the 4th Thursday of April every year.

The event was a success and left young ladies feeling inspired and leaving with knowledge and new skills in the creative design process. After opening remarks, the young ladies stood up and made self-introductions stating their name, school and what course they were taking. Afterwards, the girls were told to mix up so that girls from different schools were sitting next to each other. They were trained in design concept and the steps they need to take to come up with a design concept using Adobe Photoshop. The girls were then split into groups and were told to work together to come up with a design concept. After coming up with their design concept, one member from the group presented the idea to the audience. After a break, the girls were then inspired by a talk by one of the winners of the TNM Smart Challenge Thandi Magasa. Mercy Nkhosi from Area 25, one of the young ladies that attended, said she was inspired and enjoyed her day. The purpose of the event was to bring awareness to young ladies in Malawi the vast opportunities and possibilities offered in ICT and give them inspiration, empowerment and confidence to pursue ICT studies and careers. The event was focused on Creative Design Process whereby the ladies were taught ideas and challenges to sharpen their design skills. Young Malawian women should play an active role in ICT to improve infrastructure development in Malawi.

By Tapiwa Bokosi