Monday 11 May 2015

International Girls in ICT Day

 International Girls in ICT Day

By: Sambhrami Patil

23rd of April International Girls in ICT day is being celebrated. Global celebrations each year are steered by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) committed to Expanding Horizons and Changing Attitudes among girls.

Our school is proud to be a part of this event. In connection with this, a programme entitled “Gaming and Programming with Alice" was organised by the school and 23 girls were a part of the same.
Kamal Peter had hosted this mega event and approximately over 110 schools were connected. First, Oracle Women Leaders motivated the girls about Internet Technology and Career options in the same. They also spoke about their experience of comming to the IT industries.         
Importance of ICT Day               
• Over 2 million skilled ICT professionals are missing world wide. Now, when we say missing it means that 2 million jobs in ICT have not been equipped.
• In schools it is now observed that many girl students score better than boys then, why is technology still a "boys" subject ??
• ICT has become a necessity and a way of life in most of the schools in India. ICT tools provide opportunities to students to build their capacity on technical skills and are a major catalyst to bridge the digital divide amongst students of various socio-economic and other geographical barriers.   

Some Statistics:
• 40 % of the world has access to internet which means that our world is digitally aware about what is happening is todays technology.
• 57 % of peole in India use Internet through mobile.
• IOT and Mobile Computing have touched our daily lives.
• 90 % of jobs require technological skills to solve critical social issues
• India is the 3rd Largest country to get Internet Access
• Usage of Social Media is very important to stay connected and be aware of Technological Skills and Employement Opportunities.             
Krishna Sistla said, " Many people say that Mathematics is very important to achieve success in IT Industries. Mathematical Skills is not only the one which is required to achieve success, True Dedication, Leadership qualities, True Commitment, Honesty, Technolgy and Communication Skills and Passion are also required.
Points to Remember in our mind when we are doing any work:
• Be Hardworking
• Grab Opportunities
• BREAK Stetreotypes
• Failure - is the key to success
• Constant Learning shuld be there
• Build Networks
• Be Independent and Unique
• Make your family understand why you want to work under a certain field and get their support
• AIM for Personal Excellence

Then, Sujata Ma'am spoke about the factors which stops a women from going for a job and achieve personal excellence:
• Migration
• Marriage
• People think spouse's Career is more important
• Parents Ill Health
• Child Birth

She said that, " All these factors will take place in the life of every woman, so why not be preared from first ??? You should prepare yourself for all this and face it too. You should always aim for your personal excellence.

She then also spoke about some of the Careers which we can take up in IT industries based on our interests:
• JAVA is a top Progarmming Language, be a Program Manager and excell in it. 
• You can become an architect and Administer Database, ORACLE is the Top Enterprise Database Company
• If you have interest in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, then you can become a Regional Manager under Sales and Marketing
• Management Consultant - Product Specialist
• If you are interested in Cyber Security then you can be a Domain Consultant

Success Mantras :
• Logical Thinking
• Good Communication Skills
• Attention to Detail
• Skills and knowledge
• Follow your dream
• Immerse in Knowledge Outburst
• Be Professional and assertive
• Manage your time and tasks
• Have quick and accurative analytics
• Be a great team player

At the last a hands on activity was conducted were Kamal Peter ma'am guided all the girls to make an ALICE Projct to enhance digital literacy among girls.
It was a wonderful session and very informative and motivating. 
We thank our Principle Sir for giving us this opportunity to be a part of this progarmme. We also a thank our co-ordinating teachers - Mrs. Babitha and Mrs. Nalini for being with us the whole day and helping us with the hands on activities.


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