Mapping for Sustainable Development
Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 723 786161
rcmrd@rcmrd.org

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Information  and  Communication  Technologies  (ICTs)  drive  growth  and  innovation  worldwide,  infiltrating  all  aspects  of  our  lives.  These  ongoing  advances  in  ICTs  effectively make digital literacy a prerequisite for employment and entrepreneurship opportunities  and  are  leading  to  a  projected  shortage  of  at  least  2  million  ICT employees  worldwide  by  2020. Studies  show  that  not  enough  young  people  are  choosing careers in ICT - especially not enough young women.  Expanding the global technology  talent  pool  to  include  more  women  with  ICT  skills  can  help  fill  this  gap.    This means investing in girls and young women today. The Girls in ICT Day , where we celebrate the women and girls building the future of technology. 

At RCMRD, we have our Institution the RCTI where we train girls and boys in various ICT related courses including: International Computer Driving License (ICDL) is the gateway to digital competence in today’s world for every career and any individual. We also have Graphic Design: This course equips the learner with skills to manipulate photographs and other images, create layouts and backgrounds. This knowledge is applied in web-design and publishing. The student will learn Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw and Illustrator for nine weeks. A learner has the option of individual software as follows: Adobe Photoshop for three weeks; CorelDraw for three weeks.Illustrator 3 weeks. Others are Web design, Dreamweaver, MSflash and Javascript. This course equips the learner with hands on skills to develop a website that increases an organization or individual cyber presence tremendously.The learners will be trained in HTML, Dream weaver, MS Flash and Java script for four weeks.

In past years, there have been in-person events across the world, bringing people together to advance the participation of girls in technology. This year, of course, all activity is happening online. As the world shuts down and we stay home, the web is where dialogue, debate and decisions happen. This global health crisis has highlighted the importance of internet access as a critical lifeline — while shining a harsh light on the digital divides that separate those who have access and those who do not. One of the starkest divides is along gender, with men and boys 21% more likely to be online than women and girls, rising to 52% in the world’s least developed countries. Until we close the digital gender gap, girls will not have equal opportunities to use technology, become engineers and shape the industry. Through RCMRD's work in the projects which are looking at gender mainstreaming such as the SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa Project, the GMES and Africa Project and networks and the RCTI, incredible women’s digital skills initiatives  we’ve seen the amazing opportunities that digital technologies offer girls who have access to these tools and the resources to develop their digital skills. And we’ve seen first-hand how girls around the RCMRD member States are putting their skills into action. The web can be a tremendous force for equality. But the persistent digital gender gap means too many women and girls around the world don’t have the opportunities to use the web to learn, earn and have their voices heard. We must fight for a web that is truly for everyone.  This Girls in ICT Day, on April 22 and throughout this year let us join us to build a better online world for girls and women — and in turn, a better online world for everyone — by promoting the Girls in ICT. 


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Roysambu, Kasarani
Nairobi, Kenya

+245 020 2680748 / 2680722
+254 723 786161 / +254 735 981098

 

P.O. Box 632-00618 Nairobi, Kenya

rcmrd@rcmrd.org

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