Ericsson has inspired over 500 girls from Middle East and Africa on the opportunities that await them should they embrace careers in the Information and communication technology (ICT) sector at its annual Girls in ICT initiative last week.
Ericsson volunteers together with the human resources team relayed interesting and helpful information about working in the telecom sector, the functionality of Mobile Network, as well as the exciting future world of 5G and the Internet of Things to the students aged 9 to 18 years.
The teams reached 90 schools in Turkey, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. In addition to this, Ericsson launched and hosted the Girls Who Innovate Competition under the theme of ‘The Future of Education’ globally, to support the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, focusing on goal number four; Quality Education and goal number five; Gender Equality.
In the region, Ericsson received 63 enthusiastic entries, totaling 25 per cent of global entries, from young innovators aged 9 to 18, who competed to win job shadow days, blog features and a 1,000 EUR prize for their ideas to use technology to change the future of education. Submissions from Nigeria, United Arab Emirates and Ghana have been shortlisted in different age categories representing the Middle East and Africa region as finalists.
Girish Johar, head of human resources within Market Area Middle East and Africa said, “Our vision is that our team reflects the world around us. To build the future talent pipeline, it is important for us to empower girls to look beyond stereotypes, gender norms, discrimination and consider a career in ICT. Our participation in Girls in ICT is just one way for us to realise this vision.”