Zimbabwe celebrated girls in ICT on Friday in Chinhoyi where more than 80 students from different rural and urban schools converged in Chinhoyi to commemorate the international day at Chinhoyi university of Technology Hotel.
The event was organized and spearheaded by Zimbabwe`s Telecommunication regulator, the Postal and regulatory Authority Potraz.
By Wilson Mtetwa
Speaking during the official opening of the event, The Potraz acting General director Mr Marisa said that the day marks an important event on our calendars as we celebrate the girl child in technology and encourage more girls to take up the opportunities of technology as a career.
The girls managed to go through a whole career guidance session led by Zimbabwe`s telecommunication players representative where personal success stories were shared by current heads of various telco players to inspire the girl child.
The marketing director of Netone, Memory Ndoro shared her experience and commitment to little things as a major reason which helped her to uplift her studies before lending herself in the top marketing position at the institution.
Kudzai Violet Gwara (KVG) from StarFm who was also the Master of Ceremony shared her success story to the limelight as a national broadcaster and urged the girls to focus on their passion.
Representatives from Telecel, Econet, Netone, Liquid Telecom, Powertel , Africom took to the podium to exchange notes to the upcoming woman in technology of the future in moulding them for the opportunities created by technology by these Telcos.
In an exciting move for solidarity and unity, competitors in telecommunication joined arms to fight for the girl child liberation and future with Netone sending a solidarity message against the Boko Haram kidnapping of girls with a Bring back our girls message inscribed on their T-shirts.
The Tech woman, a group of Woman in technology which has been lobbying for training and exposure of girls to technological trends was also present during the procession taking part in the campaign for the girl child.
After the official presantations and careers guidance and counselling, the students toured the various stands of the telecommunication players where they managed to get a one on one with the operators to get to understand more on the players.
More will need to be done for the rural girls to enhance their general knowledge and understanding on ICTs and trends as both the students and teachers from the rural proved to lack basic understanding of the trending technologies like Whatsapp and Facebook with a handful still struggling to understand the concept.