Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, witnessed the signing ceremony of 10 memoranda of understanding with major international companies specialized in the field of information technology to participate in the implementation of the “Ashbal Egypt Digital” initiative launched by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology with the aim of preparing a distinguished generation of outstanding school students who are able to foresee the future And the use of modern technologies in the various fields and applications of information technology to become young people and active citizens in building a digital society that keeps pace with the developments of the times and the requirements of the future locally and globally.
Memoranda of Understanding included; Cooperation with the following companies: “Vodafone Egypt Foundation”, “Amazon Web Services”, “Huawei”, “Microsoft”, “VMware”, “Dell Technologies”, “Google” and “IBM” “Valeo”, and “Cisco”.
The memorandums of understanding aim to cooperate with these international companies in the fields of preparing training paths, providing virtual platforms and laboratories in related technological disciplines, technological awareness, and organizing online seminars for students of the digital “Ashbal Egypt” initiative, in addition to providing the opportunity for distinguished students to participate in competitions and field visits to the headquarters of these companies. As well as cooperation in training the trainers responsible for implementing the initiative and granting them a trainer’s certificate in the relevant disciplines, as well as organizing activities for outstanding students of the initiative, whether cultural, educational or developmental.
sign memoranda of understanding; Eng. Raafat Hendy, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Infrastructure, with Dr. Azza El-Shennawy, General Manager of Amazon Web Services Egypt, Eng. Ayman El-Gawhari, General Manager of Cisco in North Africa and the Levant, Eng. Tarek Heiba, General Manager of Dell Technologies in Egypt and Libya, and Maha Afifi Director of Governmental Affairs and General Policies for Google Egypt, Jim Liu, General Manager of Huawei Egypt, Marwa Abbas, General Manager of IBM Egypt, Mirna Aref, General Manager of Microsoft Egypt, Eng. Tamer Ali, General Manager of Value Egypt, and Eng. Amr Salah, Regional Director of “Value Egypt” VMware” Egypt in North Africa and the Arab East, and Engineer Mohamed Hena, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Vodafone Egypt.
attended the signing ceremony; Eng. Ghada Labib, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Institutional Development, Eng. Sherine El Gendy, Assistant Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Strategy and Implementation, and some leaders of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
The Ashbal Egypt Digital Initiative is a free grant provided by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to outstanding students enrolled in the first preparatory grade for the second secondary grade in all Egyptian schools in the academic year 2022/2023, for periods ranging from one to five years, according to the age and educational level of the applicants; Students wishing to join the initiative must fulfill the application requirements and admission criteria for each academic year.
Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, confirmed that the “Ashbal Egypt Digital” initiative is a national initiative that seeks to achieve a strategic goal for the state, which is “investment in people.” Noting that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology launched the initiative with investments of $25 million over five years to train 3,000 students each year; He explained that the initiative aims to select a group of outstanding school students and prepare them to make a qualitative leap in the ICT industry in Egypt, and to explore new horizons in this field in line with the requirements of the future and to become qualified to lead
The technological march and Egypt’s digital projects.
Talaat added that the initiative provides opportunities for young people to develop their technological skills and discover their creative abilities at an early age. He pointed out that the methodology for implementing the capacity-building strategy implemented by the Ministry is based on several pillars, including comprehensiveness to cover all segments of society in different age stages, diversity of specializations and keeping pace with the labor market, and the use of hybrid education mechanisms through the integration between the traditional education model and digital distance education to provide training in All over the republic.
Talaat indicated that this cooperation consolidates one of the initiative’s goals, which is to build long-term partnerships with international and local companies specialized in information technology to hone the skills of students joining the initiative. He explained that one of the main ingredients for the success of the ICT sector is the partnership between the government and private sectors in implementing ICT initiatives and projects aimed at promoting the ICT industry.
Dr. Amr Talaat thanked all industry partners for what they will provide to enhance students’ capabilities and their keenness to participate in initiatives aimed at achieving development and laying the foundations for the digital economy.
The initiative follows the curriculum of developing the skills of school students in accordance with the latest global developments in various technological fields such as: software development, digital arts, networks and information security, data science and artificial intelligence, robotics and embedded systems, in addition to building personal, life and leadership skills, as well as implementing scientific, cultural and social activities to build The leading Egyptian figure who is able to interact with future sciences.
The initiative provides an interactive, participatory educational environment that stimulates creativity, excellence and innovation among young people by providing scientific and practical training in cooperation with local and international companies and institutions specialized in various technological sciences.
The initiative offers students enrolled in it partial scholarships from specialized technological universities affiliated to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology for outstanding students who will complete the years of study in the initiative, in addition to in-kind prizes for outstanding students and certificates accredited by the ministry every year. It also provides opportunities to participate in local and international technology competitions.
Dr. Hoda Baraka, Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology for the development of technological skills, explained that the Digital Misr Initiative is a continuation of the efforts and efforts of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to prepare a new generation of young people trained in a practical and unconventional way in the field of communications and information technology. She emphasized that the initiative is characterized by targeting an age group that has a passion for learning the latest technologies in the fields of technology, a category that prepares the nucleus for future youth who will support Egypt’s digital projects.
Engineer Mirna Aref, General Manager of Microsoft Egypt, said, “At Microsoft, we believe in the capabilities of these young people, and we work to support them by providing them with twenty-first century skills and promoting innovation and creativity among students, by offering a series of seminars to raise awareness of technology via the Internet, and also by providing ways to learn.
Dr. Azza El-Shennawy, Director General of Amazon Web Services Egypt, indicated that what the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is now providing is the best evidence that Egypt is on the right path, and is already gaining progress in globally visible indicators related to the ICT sector.
Engineer Mohamed Hena, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Vodafone Egypt Foundation for Community Development, stated: “We aim, through our partnership and our presence today among a group of major institutions, to support the Ashbal Egypt Digital Initiative by developing digital technological skills and capabilities and preparing them for the Egyptian labor market. Providing a training material, whether technical or specific, in life and development skills for the initiative’s students on an educational platform, in addition to allocating 100 digital labs developed by the Foundation in various governorates to be main training centers for students, in addition to granting the initiative’s students certificates accredited by the University of Indiana and the Balanced Education Company to teach English at levels The Foundation will also organize activities for the outstanding students of the initiative, whether cultural, educational, or social and developmental.
Engineer Marwa Abbas, General Manager of IBM Egypt, said: “We are pleased to cooperate again with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the “Ashbal Egypt Digital” initiative, which is part of our commitment to train 30 million people by 2030 to build the skills and expertise needed for new generations to go in line with modern trends in the field. In light of the changes and technical developments that the markets are witnessing.”
“Together, we build future technology cadres to complete the journey of 2500 Egyptian engineers who export software from Valeo Egypt,” said Eng. Tamer Ali, General Manager of Valeo Egypt, explaining that the company will present a series of awareness seminars on modern technologies used in the automotive industry, and provide advisory services regarding content review. The robotics course, and inviting the first students to visit the company’s headquarters in order to explore the practical side of the automobile industry. It will also participate as a representative of the initiative’s advisory board.
Jim Liu, CEO of Huawei Egypt, said: “The signing of the cooperation agreement marks the beginning of a new phase of our long-term partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to empower Egyptian youth digitally. We are proud of our participation in the Digital Ashabs Egypt initiative, which comes within the framework of Huawei’s keenness to build a system that contributes to Developing youth skills, and Huawei will provide the necessary training for trainers to raise their efficiency and enrich their training experiences.
Engineer Tarek Heiba, General Manager of Dell Technologies in Egypt and Libya, said: “This initiative emphasizes the importance of empowering young people and educating school students in the preparatory and secondary levels to build the digital future and keep pace with the times and its rapid changes. and digital economy
Maha Afifi, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policies for Google in Egypt, said: “Google trained 500,000 people in digital skills in Egypt last year. By contributing to the Digital Ashabs Egypt initiative, we will work to bridge a gap in the audience of trainees, as it targets the school age of students. In the preparatory and secondary category, so that we can together create cadres that directly contribute to accelerating the digital transformation process in Egypt through their acquired digital experiences and enriching them with these skills and talents on the labor market.”
Engineer Ayman El-Gawhari, General Manager of Cisco in North Africa and the Arab Levant, said: “Today, we are participating in the Ashbal Egypt digital initiative, which targets a new, conscious generation that is armed with the latest science and specialized training in the field of networking and cybersecurity, which qualifies them for new horizons and job opportunities in the field of networking, cybersecurity, programming, and making Egypt is a pivotal region exporting technological labor, which contributes to increasing the national income and increasing the investments of international companies for the availability of specialized labor in all fields.
Amr Salah, the regional director of VMware Egypt in North Africa and the Arab Levant, thanked the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology for the wonderful initiatives aimed at preparing not only graduates to join the labor market, but also young people to support learning horizons and encourage them to go to study technology to keep pace with Global progress and global competition.