Scores of schoolgirls in Saint Lucia were exposed to the plethora of possibilities in the sphere of information and communications technology, or ICT last week. Flow collaborated with the ICT Association of Saint Lucia to join the global commemoration of International Girls in ICT Day, and the activity included two of the island’s leading all-girls institutions.
On Thursday, April 26th 2018, Flow, the island’s largest private sector employer of IT professionals, helped introduce Common Entrance students at Ave Maria Primary to the world of ICT. Speaking to the young ladies on the topic of “Pathways To Careers In ICT” were Product Manager for Broadband and TV, Adriana Mitchel-Gideon, and Science and Technology Officer in the Ministry of Education, Danielle Gordon, both of whom are alumni of the Castries school.
Adriana and Danielle spoke with an enthusiastic group of students about how they got involved in the fast-paced ICT industry, qualifications, finding role models to support their dreams, the range of available jobs in the field, and how ICT affects their daily lives. They also took many excellent questions from the students, who themselves came away from the interaction very impressed.
On Friday, Adriana and Hannah Forde (an alumna of St. Joseph’s Convent, an ICT professional, and communications officer of the ICT Association) to speak with nearly 50 students, most of whom are preparing to write Information Technology as a subject for CXC. The teenagers were responsive and felt that this session gave them a great sense of clarity.
Girls in ICT Day is an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) initiative. The annual remembrance is geared at empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICT. Since 2011’s inaugural observance, over 250,000 girls and young women have taken part in 7,200 Girls in ICT Day activities in more than 160 countries.
Girls in ICT Day 2018 is being hosted under the theme: “Expand your horizons; change your attitude”.