As the Public Telecommunications Ministry continues to highlight the importance of women and girls in the growing field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) across Guyana through several initiatives, a ‘Professional women in ICT’ luncheon was on Wednesday hosted at Cara Lodge, Georgetown.Minister Cathy Hughes speaking prior to the luncheon said it was conceptualised with the aim of providing an avenue for the women to network and look at areas of collaboration on future projects involving women and girls. It is her belief that more girls need to be encouraged to get involved in the careers that will become available in the ICT area.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes interacting with women at a luncheon hosted at Cara Lodge“By 2025, they are saying 70 per cent of all jobs are going to be in Information Communication Technology and we [Government] just want to make sure that we are ready, so the Ministry is working on creating opportunities where we are connecting people to the Internet in schools and the Hinterland,” she noted.The Minister said the focus is being placed on training and education, hence the Public Telecommunications Ministry continues to collaborate with the Education Ministry and the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD).The event precedes the ‘Girls in ICT’ day being observed today. Minister Hughes said interaction with Co-Founder, SheLeadsIt, Nicole Pitter Patterson will allow the women to get a sense of how Guyana is connecting with what is happening regionally.The SheLeadsIt, Co-Founder said her organisation aims at empowering women enterprises globally and has been partnering with local organisations. For this year, the organisation has reached over 800 girls in Guyana and across the Caribbean.Marcia Thomas, Head of Information and Communication Technology at NCERD, said contrary to perceptions, ICT has always been an integral part in terms of meeting the needs of children with learning disabilities through the use of learning software to improve their performances.Echoing similar sentiments as the Minister, Thomas said within five years, especially with the emerging oil and gas sector, there will be a plethora of jobs available directly related to ICT, therefore the Education Ministry is in preparation mode.“Guyana is poised to be able to provide those specialists, those technologically savvy people because contrary to what people believe our children are using ICTs, we are using ICTs every day so we have to think ICT now, we have to live it,” Thomas emphasised.Reference was made to the ‘Guyana Girl Code’ programme and the STEM Guyana Robotics clubs across Guyana as some of the initiatives being promoted by NCERD and the Education Ministry, specifically aimed at empowering girls in the field.In Guyana, an ICT Tech lab will be developed led by Geotech Vision, which will see 55 girls from 11 schools and the University of Guyana engaged in web development activities. This will be followed by the hosting of a hackathon in July 2018, which will be larger and feature more “hands-on” activities.‘Girls in ICT’ will kick off today with an exhibition at Duke Lodge, Kingston.
BEST OF Crystal Palace are interested in signing Patrik Schick amid reports claiming the forward will leave Roma in January.Schick, the Czech international, has been highly-rated since first moving to Italy with Sampdoria in 2016, having managed to score 11 league goals in his debut Serie A season. revealed LATEST Most Read In Football latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings He’s failed to score a single goal in all competitions since the beginning of 2018/19, and his starts in league football total just two, with Eusebio Di Francesco, the Roma manager, preferring Edin Dzeko as his first-choice centre forward.With his game time situation unlikely to improve, Roma are considering sending Schick out on loan when the transfer window reopens in under two months. RANKED 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade A transfer to Juventus collapsed the following summer due to two failed medicals, and Roma swooped to bring the 22-year-old in on loan.They made the move permanent earlier this year, but things have not been going particularly well for Schick since then, with just eight appearances to his name this season. predicted Schick has failed to live up to his potential since leaving Sampdoria for Roma Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker tense And, according to Calciomercato, Crystal Palace are one of the sides showing interest in the forward.There are also teams from Italy looking at the possibility of signing Schick, with Bologna, Parma and Udinese named in the report alongside the Eagles. Schick has yet to score a goal in any competition this season