Moroccan Academy Helps Women Succeed in ICT Moroccan Academy Helps Women Succeed in ICT

ENSET Mohammedia academy in Morocco is participating in a project to help women prepare for career opportunities in ICT.

The Power of Collaboration

The Cisco Networking Academy program collaborates with many government agencies and nonprofit organizations to reach students throughout the world. Two of our most enduring partnerships are with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Cisco has collaborated with UNIFEM and USAID to launch many initiatives, including the E-Parite project in Morocco. E-Parite is designed to promote the participation of women in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry by encouraging them to develop valuable skills for career advancement.

E-Parite in Action

An academy in Morocco that has successfully participated in E-Parite is ENSET Mohammedia. In addition to gaining networking skills through hands-on activities, Networking Academy students at ENSET complete soft skills training as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Mr. Rebbani, who teaches at ENSET, values the educational opportunities offered by Networking Academy and E-Parite. "Cisco technologies are in demand and the number of people mastering these technologies is very limited in Morocco," he says. "In addition, the soft skills workshops offered to our students as part of the E-Parite program are very beneficial. Now, for the first time, our Networking Academy students are being trained on presentation, interviewing, and communication skills."

One of the graduates who participated in E-Parite at ENSET is Saïda Aït Mamma, who successfully completed her Cisco CCNA studies and found a great job as a technical assistant at Pericles, an ICT company in Morocco. "My Cisco training has been a big plus in finding a job," says Aït Mamma. She looks forward to a rewarding career in an industry that has typically been dominated by men.

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