G20 Flagship projects

Tech Needs Girls - Programme for Sustainable Economic Development

Title of the Project:

Tech Needs Girls - Programme for Sustainable Economic Development

Country:

Germany

Geographical presence:

Ghana

Status of the project:
start date, duration:

2017 - 2019

Project website:

www.giz.de/en/worldwide/19476.html

Geographical impact of project:

national

Funds available for the project:

2,000,000 €

Implementation level:

in support of low income and developing countries

Description of the project:

The project builds on the experiences and achievements of a development partnership with the private sector “Female Professionals in Electronics” currently implemented in Ghana by GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in cooperation with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and SAMSUNG. Over the past two years, this project has supported four TVET schools with capacity development to implement the supported electronic courses. In addition, and following a cooperative approach, students have also been receiving practical lessons in marketing and maintenance and repair during workplace trainings. In cooperation with the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), curricula and material were applied and various campaigns have been implemented to inform the public on female participation in male dominated trades and to encourage young Ghanaian women to engage in non-traditional female trades.
Girls and young women will go through vocational training in digital trades such as coding and computer software designing. A partnership with the Soronko Foundation is envisaged to support their “Tech Needs Girls” movement, a mentorship programme to get more girls to create technology. There is a special focus on girls from vulnerable communities. Students will have the opportunity to join a network of female technology associations and its associated benefits.

Area of focus of the project:

  • ICT in formal education (teacher education, learning materials)
  • increasing participation of girls in ICT studies (mentoring programmes, career counseling)
  • information and awareness-raising campaigns
  • increasing the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in the ICT sector