Samsung grows young girls ICT capacity in Ghana

Forty employees from Samsung’s headquarters in South Korea have gathered in Accra to take part in the company’s annual Employee Volunteer Programme (EVP).

The week-long initiative, which is aimed at empowering young girls with future-focused ICT skills, has been carried out in partnership with Better World.

Each year, Samsung employees dedicate their time and skills to an initiative which they feel will add value to one of the regions in which the company operates.

As part of this year’s programme, staff members will impart their skills and expertise to young Ghanaian girls through the handover of a new Samsung-funded ICT Centre at the Accra Bishop Girls Junior High School.

The Corporate Citizenship Manager, Samsung Electronics West Africa, Ms Judith Kelechi said: “The staff of Samsung are very excited to be involved in this year’s EVP in Ghana. We are passionate about advancing ICT skills among young women in Africa and view this as another important touch point through which we hopefully can make a far-reaching impact.”

Samsung Electronics West Africa – Ghana, Mr. Eungjin Nahm said: “It’s important for our people to be actively involved with the education initiatives we are rolling out across Africa. Not only are they able to impart considerable value through their time and expertise but it also provides them with the opportunity to witness first-hand the difference their combined involvement in Samsung is making to the lives of others.”

Both a primary and junior high school, Accra Bishop Girls’ School, has a total of 760 students. Though ICT currently forms part of the school’s curriculum, it has historically been forced to rely on textbooks for its education purposes as a result of its lack of ICT facilities.

Through the new facility, learners will now have the opportunity to acquire and enhance technological skills vital to the new digital economy. This is particularly important when it comes to future generations of young women.

Based on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report, there is still a 47% global gender gap when it comes to STEM graduates at tertiary level.


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