Robert Rudin Managing Director Ericsson Kenya talking to students from the five selected schools during the celebration of International Girls' in ICT DayEricsson has selected 25 girls from 5 schools in an initiative aimed at supporting, promoting and mentoring young women who are in their third and fourth year of Secondary school studies mentor young women to undertake studies in the ICT field.

The commence of the three year partnership comes at a time the world is celebrating International Girls’ in ICT day an initiative backed by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Member to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs.

The girls from Starehe Girls’ Secondary School, Embakasi Girls’ Secondary School, Pumwani Girls’ Secondary School, Huruma Girls’ Secondary School and Alliance Girls’ High School will be mentored and monitored till career level which will possibly lead to employment in the company.

“For those who pursue ICT studies and are successful in the relevant qualifications, we eventually aim to consider them as potential future employees. We have in place a monitoring mechanism to see this objective realized.” said Robert Rudin, Managing Director Ericsson

Ericsson’s goal is to influence girls’ career choices by creating an interest in them, to pursue studies in the ICT (information and communications technology) field. In addition, Ericsson intends to follow up with the girls and get its employees to mentor the young girls through their school life and even after so we contribute positively to their careers.

ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. They allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to under served communities worldwide.  It aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Despite a shortage of two million ICT skilled labour and majority of young girls never considering a career in ICT, many companies are looking to increase the number of women in the sector. To date, over 111,000 girls and young women have taken part in 3,500 celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day in 140 countries worldwide.

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