Auki celebrate International girls in ICT day 2021

Students participate in hand-on robots activity during the event.
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Female students from schools in Auki marked the annual International Girls in ICT Day in Auki yesterday.

The one-day programme was facilitated by Women in IT Solomon Islands (WITSI) under Solomon Islands IT Society and funded by Australian Aid, Pacific Islands Chapter Internet Society, POB, UNESCO, Bemobile and Solomon Islands government.

In an interview with Ms Julia Anisi who represents WITSI for the programme in Auki, she said Girls in ICT Day is an annual event celebrated by girls throughout the world.

She said the international day falls on April 22 every year, but due to delay of kits from Australia to use during the celebration; date for the celebration was rescheduled to May 6 especially for the country.

Anisi said the idea behind the celebration is to encourage girls to take up computing, because it’s common in the country that only boys dominate the field of computing.

She added that the day was used to raise awareness to girls that computing is a field girls can also pursue as their career.

Anisi said the one day session was a visual event where schools participated in the event connected through zooms and shared ideas on what they think on computing.

She said the international day was celebrated with number of schools in Honiara and Gizo and Goldie PSS in the Western and Choiseul provinces, Waimapuru NSS in Makira Ulawa province and Auki High School, Aligegeo PSS and Kilusakwalo CHS in Malaita province.

Anisi said this is the first time to extend the celebration to provinces and WITSI was happy for girls in the provinces to feel part of the international ICT day.

She said WITSI would like to acknowledged school managements and contributing partners for supports towards the successful hosting of the international girls ICT day in the country.