Minister of Communications: “Digital cubs of Egypt” is a national initiative to invest in people

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Amr Talaat, 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”, and notes that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology launched the initiative with investments of $ 25 million over five years to train 3 thousand students each year.

This took place during the signing ceremony of 10 memoranda of understanding with major international companies specializing in the field of information technology to participate in the implementation of the “Digital Egypt Cubs” initiative launched by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology with the aim of becoming a leading generation of outstanding school students who are able to anticipate the future and use modern technologies in the field of And various information technology applications 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.

The Minister of Communications explained that the initiative aims to select an elite of outstanding schoolchildren 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 be qualified to lead the technological process and Egypt’s digital projects.

These included memoranda of understanding with companies: “Vodafone Egypt Foundation”, “Amazon Web Services”, “Huawei”, “Microsoft”, “VMware”, “Dell Technologies”, “Google” and IBM, Valeo and Cisco.

Dr Amr Talaat added that the initiative provides opportunities for young people to develop their technological skills and discover their creative abilities at an early age, pointing 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 at different age stages, diversity of specializations and keeping pace with the labor market And the use of hybrid education mechanisms by integrating the traditional education model and digital distance education to integrate education across the country supply.

Dr. Amr Talaat pointed out that this collaboration consolidates one of the goals of the initiative, which is to build long-term partnerships with international and local companies specializing in information technology to hone the skills of students joining the initiative, and explains that one of the key elements of the success of the communications and information technology sector is the partnership between the public and private sectors in the implementation of sector initiatives and projects aimed at promoting the ICT industry.

Dr. Amr Talaat thanked all industry partners for what they will provide to improve students’ abilities and their zeal to take part in initiatives aimed at achieving development and laying the foundations for the digital economy.

In turn, the dr. Hoda Baraka, Adviser to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology for the Development of Technological Skills, explains that the Digital Misr initiative is a continuation of the efforts and efforts of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to reach a new generation of young people who ‘ trained in a practical and unconventional way in the field of communication and information technology, and emphasizes that the initiative is characterized by targeting an age group who has a passion for learning the latest technology in the field of technology, a category that prepares the core for future youth who will support Egypt’s digital projects.

The initiative follows the curriculum of developing the skills of school learners in line with the latest global developments in various technological fields such as: software development, digital arts, networks and information security, computer science and artificial intelligence, robotics and embedded systems. to build personal, life and leadership skills, as well as to implement scientific, cultural and social activities To build a leading Egyptian personality capable of communicating 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 collaboration with local and international companies and institutions specializing 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 years of study in the initiative, in addition to prizes in kind for outstanding students and certificates awarded by the initiative is accredited. ministry every year.It also offers opportunities to participate in local and international technology competitions.

The Memoranda of Understanding aims to partner with these international companies in the field of preparing training tracks, providing virtual platforms and laboratories in related technological disciplines, technological awareness and organizing online seminars for Digital Egypt students initiative, in addition to the opportunity for leading students to participate in competitions and field visits to the headquarters of these companies. , as well as co-operation in the training of the trainers responsible for the implementation of the initiative and the awarding of a trainer’s certificate in the relevant disciplines, as well as the organization of activities for outstanding students of the initiative, whether cultural, educational or development-oriented.

The memoranda of understanding were signed by Engineer Raafat Hindi, Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology for Infrastructure, with: Dr. Azza El-Shennawy, General Manager of Amazon Web Services Egypt, Eng. Ayman El Gohary, General Manager of Cisco in North Africa and the Levant, and Eng. Tarek Heiba, General Manager of Dell Technologies in Egypt and Libya, Maha Afifi, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Google Egypt, Jim Liu, General Manager of Huawei Egypt, Marwa Abbas, General Manager of IBM Egypt, Mirna Aref, General Manager of Microsoft Egypt, and Eng. Tamer Ali, General Manager of Value Egypt, and Eng. Amr Salah, Regional Director of VMware Egypt in North Africa and the Arab Levant, and Eng. Mohamed Hena, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Vodafone Egypt.

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 degree for the second secondary degree in all Egyptian schools in the academic year 2022/2023, and for periods ranging from one to five years according to the age and educational level of the applicants, provided that Students wishing to join the initiative meet the application requirements and admission criteria for each academic year.

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