As part of its contribution to empowering young girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), MTN Ghana has partnered with Mobile Web Ghana to train young girls in cyber security.
The event held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 is part of the activities to celebrate the International Day of Girls in ICT which is themed: “Access and Security”.
This is a day set aside to motivate young girls to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and encourage them to consider a career in the growing field of ICT.
As a company committed to training more girls in the male dominated field, MTN Ghana in collaboration with Mobile Web Ghana has trained young girls in cyber security.
The event brought together 60 young girls from Ebenezer Methodist Junior High School (JHS) and Kwabenya Senior High School (SHS). They learned the importance of staying safe online.
Speaking at the event, MTN Ghana Foundation Economic Empowerment Advisor Ms. Cynthia Mills highlighted the need for young girls to be educated on safety when using online tools.
According to her, in the wake of social media, they need safe and reliable access to the internet and digital tools.
The purpose of the event, Ms Mills said, is to enlighten girls and empower them to know what they can do to take care of themselves while on the internet.
Furthermore, the Director of Mobile Web Ghana, Florence Toffa, congratulated MTN for this initiative.
She said it was important to educate young girls about the dangers of the internet so they can stay protected.
Madame Toffa instructed the girls not to give out sensitive information or passwords to people they meet online.
“Do not give information, numbers and personal details to people you do not know. It will be very helpful for your development,” she added.
For her part, Commissioner Sophia Eva Anim of the Formed Police Unit [FPU]) instructed the beneficiaries of the initiative to always watch out for red flags when interacting with people on social media.
She said whenever young girls feel threatened, scared or sense someone has bad intentions towards them, they should leave immediately.
Superintendent Sophia Eva Anim has urged girls not to advertise their bodies, especially private parts, on social media.