The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu has made a donation to SMART Sistas to assist with the organization’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) Camp for Girls 2017 that is taking place this week at the Convention Centre in Port Vila.

The Deputy Governor of the RBV, Peter Tari, handed over the donation Tuesday afternoon to the Chairman of SMART Sistas Committee, Rodney Philemon, following a request for assistance from the committee.

Philemon explained the idea behind SMART Sistas, is to get more women and girls into ICT and to bridge the gender gap that exists today in the field, which shows that there are many more men than women in the area of ICT.

“Last year we held our first ICT Camp for Girls with support from a lot of organizations after which the ten girls who attended left with a laptop and a bag on top of the knowledge gained from the camp. At the camp the participants also had the opportunity to view the booths at the Pacific ICT Days,” Philemon explained.

“From this there is a success story – an invitation from FIRST Global for a team from Vanuatu to take part in the first international robotic challenge in Washington, DC at which we plan to send three girls from last year’s camp.”

Deputy Governor Tari said the Reserve Bank fully supported the idea of achieving gender balance in ICT as a capacity building avenue to achieving economic impact for the future in the communities.

“As we see in Port Vila, many of the people involved in the economy today are women. So, we strongly support your initiative and we are most happy to make this donation to assist you.” And he wished the SMART Sistas ICT Camp for Girls this year every success.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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