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Ictam for enhanced female participation in ICT sector

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The ICT Association of Malawi (Ictam) in partnership with Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences and Sparc Systems Limited earlier this week trained 17 girls in basic Information Communication Technologies (ICT) as one way of enticing them to explore careers in the industry.

Speaking after the two-day training, Ictam Executive Member Doreen Perez said there is need for girls to understand that they could pursue a career in ICT despite several challenges on the way.

“ICT is a key driver of gender equality and women empowerment. Improved access to transformative technologies could help women and girls benefit from increased employment and business opportunities. We desire to equip these Malawian young girls with ICT skills to help them gain applicable knowledge they can use to look for employment opportunities that require such skills.

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“We are also targeting school leavers with the understanding that most marginalised girls do not stand a chance of continuing to college due to financial constraints. This will offer them knowledge they can use to earn some money,” Perez said.

One of the attendees 17-year-old Loveness Massi said the training was an eye-opener and she hopes to gain more knowledge in computer-related issues.

“I am currently waiting for examinations results and this was refreshing for me because now I know I am not going to start from scratch on issues to do with computer and internet in general,” Massi said.

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