The National Female Pre-tech Training Program kick-started on Monday, 22nd June 2020 in six different regions; Greater Accra, Eastern, Bono, North East, Upper East and Upper West regions across the country.
The training program is a partnership with Ghana Tech Lab as part of the Young Africa Works initiative with Mastercard Foundation, World Bank, Ministry of Communication, and five hubs and innovation spaces ( Eastern Hub, Yison Tech Hub, Northern Innovation Lab, Dansyn Ghana Limited and GrassRoots Hub). The program aims to deliver a free National Pre Tech Training program for women and girls in different regions in Ghana. This workshop is to ensure that the hubs can administer a gender-sensitive training course for women.
There were one hundred and twenty women in attendance across all the hubs in the regions. All the women were excited to learn about what the next two weeks of the training program will have them learn and the networking opportunities that come along with it
The various hubs began with an ice breaker activity; participants were introduced to the Kahoot game and an activity called; “two truths, one lie”. This activity helped in getting everyone to know each other better.
The trainers introduced themselves and took them through the course outline for the program. Next, they moved on to the topic of the day which was the Internet.
The trainers explained to the students what the internet is, what it’s not, and how it worked. He defined the internet as a global system of interconnected computer networks communicating with each other.
The class was interactive as students were sharing ideas on the topic. The trainers gave an example of how telecommunications in Ghana were connected to their phones.
They clarified that the web runs on the technology of the internet. They illustrated with an example of how WhatsApp couldn’t function without their mobile phones.
Finally, the participants were taken through an exercise where they were asked to connect their laptops to the internet, to search for www.menti.com. Menti.com is used to create presentations with real-time feedback. They were made to give feedback on what they had learned, their fears, and strengths, their expectations, and passion.
The women were excited to be given the platform to express their views and opinions. The trainers advised and answered questions the participants had during this exercise. This was to enlighten them about the program.
Afterwards, the participants were treated to lunch and good music. The class resumed shortly after the lunch break and the ladies were taken through the World Wide Web, Web Server, and Web client. They explained that it is important to know these, however, they would go through the practical aspects. The ladies seem satisfied with what they had learned. The class continues tomorrow and we look forward to getting to know all the participants better and see their knowledge grow.