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HACSA launches Tech-for-Girls training initiative

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Tech-for-Girls is a training initiative launched by the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA) Foundation in partnership with The African Freelancers (TAF) College.

The initiative aims to equip hundreds of girls with information and communication technology (ICT) skills for career development, offering digital literacy, analytical skills, entrepreneurial and management skills, and mentoring and internship activities. The initiative follows the successful implementation of HACSA’s “Girls Can Code” project, which trained dozens of girls in computer coding.

The launch follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed last July between HACSA and TAF College, in which HACSA is supporting the training of 100 students in creative and innovative fields under HACSA’s Lifeline for Africa Programme, and providing GH¢100,000 to TAF College to facilitate training activities. Ghana-born British actress Adjoa Andoh commended the HACSA Foundation and TAF College for creating the Tech for Girls concept, stating that it would help prepare girls, particularly underprivileged ones, for the future.

The President of HACSA Foundation, Johanna Svanikier, explained that the initiative was designed to create opportunities for African girls and women to immerse themselves in technology and acquire skills for careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, leadership, entrepreneurship, and emotional intelligence. She called for support from institutions and individuals to enable the project to enrol and assist more girls.

The founder of TAF College, Rev. Johnnie Oquaye, stated that the project symbolizes the fostering of creativity in digital literacy and contributes to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal Five in Ghana. He thanked the HACSA Foundation for its immense support to the growth of TAF College and assured the commitment of the college’s management in ensuring the success of the initiative.