Samsung Sharpens ICT Skills Of Girls
3 November 2017
About 40 employees from Samsung's headquarters in South Korea converged on Accra recently to take part in the company's annual global Employee Volunteer Programme (EVP) aimed at equipping young girls with future-focused ICT skills.
During the event, Samsung handed over an ultramodern ICT Centre to the authorities at the Accra Bishop Girls Junior High School.
Samsung staff also used their skills and expertise to train young Ghanaian girls in ICT at the event held in partnership with Better World.
“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 at first-hand the difference their combined involvement in Samsung is making in the lives of others,” said Eungjin Nahm, Samsung Electronics West Africa – Ghana.
Both the primary and Junior High School of 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 as a result of the lack of ICT facilities.
With the new facility, the students will now have the opportunity to acquire and enhance technological skills vital to the new digital economy.
“Samsung is passionate about helping to further the development of STEM and ICT skills among women, and we hope that through this initiative and others like it, we will be able to make a positive difference in the lives of many young African women,” said Tracy Kyei, Marketing Executive, Samsung Electronics West Africa – Ghana
The new centre is an extension of the electronics provider's involvement in the education sector in Ghana.
Last year, Samsung opened a Smart School in the Bole and Eguafu-Edina Districts to provide teachers with basic computer literacy skills.
It also launched the Female Professionals in Electronics project in Ghana in partnership with GIZ and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
“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,” according to Judith Kelechi, Corporate Citizenship Manager, Samsung Electronics West Africa.