Thursday, April 27, 2017

Schools : International Girls in ICT Day : Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes

International Girls in ICT Day, is an initiative backed by all ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Busan, 2014). It aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider car​eers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector. 
International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year.​​​​​
International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every year with the theme “Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes,” to encourage young women and girls to discover the exciting world of opportunities in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

International Girls in ICT Day is be celebrated today the 27 April 2017. It's an initiative started by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the European Commission (EC) that aims to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the sector of technology.

EU Thematic call for women in ICT pledges:

  • Digital skills for all – developing digital skills to enable all citizens to be active in our digital society
  • Digital skills for the labour force – developing digital skills for the digital economy, e.g. upskilling and reskilling workers, jobseekers; actions on career advice and guidance
  • More and better trained ICT professionals in Europe – developing high level digital skills for ICT professionals in all industry sectors
  • Digital skills in education – transforming teaching and learning of digital skills in a lifelong learning perspective, including the training of teachers

Organisers and schools of course should feel free to create their own program for their event and can also look at past Girls in ICT Day events​ to get inspiration. The ITU Secretary General and Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market invite Academia to organize events attracting as many girls and young women as possible. 
Ministries of ICT, Education, Labour, Youth, National ICT Regulatory Authorities, ICT companies, academic institutions, relevant UN agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders are all encouraged to join the global effort and ​​celebrate International Girls in ICT Day. ​​

Schools will be free to create their own program for their event and can also look at past Girls in ICT Day events​ to get inspiration.
However there is a good activity: Workshops.
Workshops are an excellent activity to give girls a taste of what you can actually do with technology. In order to engage girls' interest, it is crucial that they get to not only hear about technology, but also do it. 
Girls will see for themselves that you don't need to be a math wizard in order to code or a science expert to programme a robot. 

In a workshop, girls will discover that technology is all about creativity, collaboration and, most importantly, a lot of fun!
Deciding on a workshop activity depends greatly on girls' ages and their previous experience with ICTs. 
Try to find the right balance by choosing activities that are not too difficult but challenging enough to keep the girls interested and motivated. Encourage them to have fun, work in pairs or small groups and not be afraid to make mistakes!

For more ideas and useful links about organizing a hands-on workshop you can explore our Girls in ICT Toolkit​ which provides several tips and resources to make these activities fun and inspiring.

To date, over 240,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 7,200 celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day in 160 countries worldwide.
Events/ Map:
Girls in ICT Day events in Europe and worldwide. Search here.
Visit Girls in ICT Facebook Page​ and tweet #GirlsinICT.​  See Latest Photos​.
Share your ideas and activities to help to inspire girls, educators, and the ICT industry to get involved. 

And don’t forget to tag your conversations with #GirlsinICT!


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