Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 35 | Page 42

COUNTRY FOCUS: MOROCCO The information technology sector in Morocco has been witnessing significant expansion and was the first country in North Africa to install a 3G network. We look at how the Africa Coding Week event was celebrated in the country, while we look at how global engineering group SEGULA Technologies is enhancing its operations there. ///////////////// Africa Code Week focuses on girl empowerment and digital inclusion A frica Code Week (ACW) returned for its fifth year with an ambitious goal of introducing 1.5 million young Africans to digital and coding skills and a strong focus on girl empowerment. SAP, UNESCO, Irish Aid, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and partners gathered in Rabat to declare the 2019 edition open across 37 countries from the National Training Centre (CFRN) of the Moroccan Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research. Mobilising female teachers around World Teachers’ Day The 2019 ACW kicked off with a workshop aimed at mobilising female teachers to 42 INTELLIGENTCIO increase girls’ access to digital education. Held at the CFRN in partnership with UNESCO as part of its global World Teachers’ Day activities, the workshop brought together 27 highly influential female teachers with an extensive academic and non-academic track record of instilling STEM skills in students aged eight to 16. The workshop follows in the wake of a series of Train-the-Trainer sessions that were held in participating countries since August and equipped local teachers and volunteer trainers with the teaching tools they need to impart digital skills to students during ACW 2019 in October. Frederic Alran, SAP Managing Director North & West Africa, said there is great urgency in advancing women’s equal economic participation in the global digital economy. “At a global level, women hold only 24% of all jobs in the ICT industry, and 250 million fewer women than men are online, denying them access to information, education and active participation in the economy,” he said. “With the support of our public and private sector partners, volunteers, teachers and ambassadors, we aim to close the digital gender gap and help ensure everyone can play a role in shaping Africa’s future in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” The group of 28 female teachers attending the workshop in Rabat came from 15 African countries. Over the course of the four days, they attended immersive training sessions on computational and design thinking. After getting to grips with the technologies sitting at the heart of the Fourth Industrial