As the world celebrates Girls in ICT Day, 2020, Interswitch Group is also celebrating and encouraging young girls in the International and Communications Technology (ICT) sector
The International Girls’ in ICT Day is an annual global movement and initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). ICT Day is celebrated every fourth Thursday in April annually. The aim of this movement is to encourage girls and young women to consider studying and pushing careers in ICT.
Interswitch is a leading Nigerian Pan-African digital payment and commerce Solutions Company that has been actively promoting Women in Tech. The company has two initiatives running to help promote this cause and they are the Interswitch Spak and StemLikeaGirl Initiatives.
The Interswitch Spak is an annual science competition and there has been a remarkable increase in the participation of girls since the competition started in 2018.
INTERSWITCH ROLE IN GIRLS IN ICT 2020
This year, the theme of the Girls in ICT annual movement is “Girls in ICT: Inspiring the Next Generation”. Following this theme, two tech women at Interswitch went on Instagram Live, to share their journey through Tech to aspiring ICT young women.
The two women are Eddidiong Asikpo, a Software Engineer and Ifeanyichukwu Onwurah, a senior, IT service management analyst. They are both staffs at Interswitch
The duo talked about how their career grew right from young science students to full-blown women in ICT. This they did in a bid to encourage the girls and make them see that there is a bright future in ICT especially for women.
Edidiong anchored the live session and she started off by reiterating that the essence of the ICT day is to encourage girls in building careers in ICT. She also mentioned that she wanted to read medicine at first.
“I never wanted to become anything technical. I applied to study Medicine and Surgery in the university. When that did not work out, I started at Innovation Hub at Akwa Ibom to learn Application Development. Tech started to become cool because I thought I would start doing what the big boys at Facebook do. Indeed, tech has afforded me access to greater opportunities and contributes to making life better”. Edidiong said.
She went further to add that “for the next generation to be copped into tech, they would need to be intentional about it, by searching for opportunities and being open to mentorship.”
For Ifeanyichukwu on the other hand, she described her journey into tech as a rough one. She said; “At some point in the university, I lost enthusiasm. I failed a lot, struggled through school and didn’t quite understand my purpose. All I wanted to do was look pretty in a pretty job”
“After training school, I was deployed to the Tech Department where I struggled in my mind again, for nine months. However, Tech has turned out to be the best decision that I ever made. I was inspired by my Group Head, who answered all my questions and helped me through a mind switch. So, I made up my mind not to be defined by my school grades and this drove me to be better at my work. Seven years later, I’m no longer where I used to be and it has been an exciting journey so far.” She added.
In all, the two women concluded by encouraging the young girls to pursue their dreams in tech. They further admonished the parents to support interested girls by providing all the resources they would need, especially in their formative years.