Accra, Aug. 27, GNA – Vodafone Ghana in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications has launched a National Coding Programme for teenagers to equip them with skills to build their career and contribute to the country’s economic growth.
The Programme is opened to all teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 across the country and interested in digital coding including designing website and development of applications and software.
Ms Yolanda Cuba, Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana addressing the participants at the event said the programme would give young people the privilege to create any technological content they desire to make Ghana a digital hub for West Africa in the future.
She said the tertiary institutions in the country; Ghana could also have great data scientists in the country.
She announced that Vodafone Ghana intends to train 10,000 young people across the country in coding skills so that they can build websites and different applications important for the growth of the economy.
Ms Cuba explained that the programme was opened to all Ghanaian youth between the aforementioned ages that are interested in coding, adding that they just have to apply by visiting Vodafone’s website – www.vodafone.com.gh or calling Vodafone call centre lines for more information on it.
Ms Cuba said initiation of the programme was their quest to support the government’s vision to make Ghana a digital and convenient country for its citizens.
Mr Vincent Odotei Sowah, Deputy Minister for Communications, who launched the programme with Ms Cuba as a Guest of Honour, said coding is the future of this very complex and yet transformative digital world and becoming mainstay for every individual as the world moves into exciting future of technology.
“I always say it will become a key requirement just like the English language is in the country in the immediate years to come”, he said.
He noted that the core vision of the Sector is to manage the convergence of communications and technologies to promote a viable integrated national development process within a global setting, adding that their mandate extends towards embedding digitalization amongst the citizens of this country in all forms including making coding viable and accessible to all.
“That is why I was thrilled when I learnt that Vodafone has taken the lead in this light to partner us in delivering this mandate for the youth in Ghana. When we can transform the lives of the Ghanaian youth through coding; our future of technology as a country is in safe hands”, he said.
Mr Odotei Sowah explained that coders are reshaping the world, disrupting and demystifying previously existing myths in technology and innovation, adding that they are making the world a better place and therefore fulfilling that the youth can get the same opportunity to do the same with the empowerment coding brings.
The Minister said the sector is committed to ensuring that they will be given flexible room to operate efficiently, imbibing the latest technology and innovation to succeed whilst bringing immense benefits to the youth.
He noted that it is the responsibility of the sector to ensure that the telecoms sector is properly regulated and that they approve policies and licenses that will only seek to enhance the sector, make operators more willing to engage and bring more competition.
He commended Vodafone Ghana for playing its part in making sure the country continued on its path towards holistic digitalization, adding that they appreciated the Network’s leadership in innovation and creativity in the industry.
He assured Vodafone Ghana of the Sector’s preparedness to partner them in all their endeavours.
Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, told the Ghana News Agency that through the programme, beneficiaries would be able to transform the country into a better one.
He said beneficiaries would be able to produce contents on their own, and appealed to the government to support the Network to operationalise the programme since it is laudable.
Mr Ashigbey urged the government to consider including digital coding into the curricula of basic schools adding that by that they can start their own businesses right from school.
“In Africa, there are a lot of challenges facing us but to be able to take advantage of these challenges, you need to have the ability to code, appreciate 5G, machinery and give our children the opportunity to be able to compete with their co-equals globally”, he said.