Young girls between the ages of 13-15 who are interested in technology were given the opportunity to interact with prominent female industry professionals today.
The Education Ministry, CISCO Academy, the Data Processing Department and the Caribbean Science Foundation collaborated to host the Girls Power Tech seminar this morning at the Baobab Towers.
Acting director of the National Council for Science and Technology Charles Cyrus told reporters that the event was one geared toward informing the young girls about the jobs in a field which is traditionally dominated by men.
“Girls are generally underrepresented in high tech computer and digital careers and we really want to address that imbalance by exposing young students to the world of digital technologies and the possibilities.”
Cyrus noted that the ministry recognized in order to achieve that goal, they had to give the girls the tools to succeed.
“The first part is building their awareness, there have been a number of initiatives seeking to expose children to STEM and the career possibilities; providing the skills would be the next step,” he said.
One of the mentors involved in this morning’s exercise was Assistant Director of the Caribbean Science Foundation Daneilia De Silva.
She told Barbados TODAY, “Programmes like this are fantastic because we in the Caribbean are being left behind in relation to technology and a double whammy would be [that] ladies are also being left behind.”
De Silva added that this programme would enable young women to further develop their knowledge of ICT and provide them with the necessary information so they can spread their wings.