Posted On: May, 11 2021

UCSAF provides ICT training and equipment to help girls enjoy science.

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Communications Service AccessFund (UCSAF), Justina Mashiba said through the Fund's projects they have been providing training aimed at inspiring the girl to love science subjects, be creative and love to learn about technology and IT when in school. She said that so far UCSAF has provided ICT training to 744 female students of public schools across Tanzania, provided ICT equipment to about 700 schools as well as connected 400 public schools to the internet.

Ms. Mashiba made the remarks in response to a question posed to her about UCSAF's contribution to empowering girls to participate in creative activities and encourage the use of ICT while in school, including helping girls to love science subjects to increase the number of women experts in science in Tanzania.

Continuing to comment, she said, through the International Day of Girls and ICT the Fund has been conducting training for girls who have done well in science subjects from all public schools in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar.

She also added that the Fund is implementing a project to provide ICT equipment to public schools and assist in connecting those schools with the internet to facilitate the process of learning ICT subjects.

Speaking at the opening of the training, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Zainab Chaula commended UCSAF's efforts and called on the government agency to continue to work with other stakeholders in making innovations friendly to women and girls in the country. Dr. Chaula added that innovation is a Government Policy of the United Republic of Tanzania which aims to build a high-income and industrialized economy by 2025.

Ms. Neema Lugangira a Member of Parliament for CCM, a group of civil society groups in mainland Tanzania. has called for a review of policies to ensure they include girls and women, especially those on the rural setting, stressing that women living in rural areas should also be aware of the use of available technology.

The discussion was organized by the Capital space entrepreneurship and innovation center in collaboration with the Women Entrepreneurship Empowerment Forum, Ndoto HUB and Shule Direct in celebration of creative week in the country.