The project Gender and ICT launched in March this year has officially begun today in Senegal after a long selection phase. This initiative put forwards by the Ministry of Communications and Telecommunications and ICTs is aiming to train 1,000 women to the use of IT tools in the country.
Dakar’s École Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications (ESMT) has hosted the opening ceremony for the training. Even though the ceremony was attended by key actors from the ministry of communications and academic heads from ESMT, the ceremony was rather sober.
“The training will be held in several training schools within the country considering the high number of people who require the training. ESMT is one of the many schools part of the project and that will welcome the participants. A team of ten or so students in communication engineering has been chosen to guide the project’s participants,” explains Professor André HONAMA, researcher and coordinator of the program within the school.
With the initiative, Senegal would like to put an end to gender inequality with respect to the use of ICT tools. The first stage will last 2 months and will be focused exclusively on the training of female teachers.