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Girls in ICT Day is a day designated by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to encourage girls and women to pursue education and careers in information technology. This year’s theme “Leadership“, will underscore the critical need for strong female role models in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.
While there is a leadership gender gap in every industry, the largest gaps are found in the STEM fields. Women in ICT often find themselves in junior or support roles rather than in managerial roles, with little opportunity for advancement. They are also less likely to hold an executive position, become ICT entrepreneurs, or be represented among science and technology policymakers.
To thrive in STEM, girls and young women must be exposed to women in leadership positions, fostering inspiration and breaking down barriers that hinder their progress. The Girls in ICT Day 2024 theme aims to address these challenges, encouraging empowerment and leadership development for a more equitable future in STEM.
App Inventor was founded in 2007 by educators and researchers at MIT and Google with the vision of enabling anyone—including those who may not think of themselves as coders—to create mobile apps for real, effective change in their communities.
The platform was intentionally designed to be free, open source, and easy-to-learn with an intuitive graphical interface, making it approachable for first-time programmers and veteran developers alike.
Unlike other low-code app development platforms, App Inventor supports a range of devices, from the newest iPhone to Android 2.3, a decade-old operating system that is still used by the most under-resourced and vulnerable populations around the world.
The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission plays a critical role in the development of the telecommunications industry by promoting the social, educational, and economic capacity of the populace to access and utilize these services.
Building on its efforts from previous years, the NTRC remains committed to equipping young girls with the tools and skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly digital world.