Beirut, Lebanon, May 13 2015: On the occasion of “the International Girls in ICT Day,”an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) initiative, Alfa, managed by Orascom Telecom, organized for the third year a tour in the company officesfor femalestudents from several Lebanese schools. The visit includedan interactive discussion with the women in the Alfa team as well astechnological innovationcompetitions.
Alfa seeks through this initiative to encourage girls who are about to start university to pursuestudies in the ICTfield by informing them aboutthe various employment opportunities available to them in the sector.
Alfa CEO and Chairman Marwan Hayek commended the students on their creative abilities and their passion for technology, noting that “there are promisingjob opportunities for women in the ICT sector”.He added,“Our role as a responsible corporation requires from us to contribute in guiding the younger generation toward these opportunities and allow them to engage actively in the sector”.Hayek also said, “Alfa provides equal job opportunities to all segments of societyand believes that women need to participate in the massive development taking place in the ICT field.It is therefore not surprising that women make up nearly half of the company’s total staff and that they are in charge of major tech tasks”.
The celebration day included a tour for the female students in Alfa’s main techdepartments thataimed to inform the students about how to operate the network and how to technologically develop the various projects and services as well as their methods of implementation. It also included a detailed explanation of the nature of work in these sections by female managers and employees at Alfa, allowing students to interact with the female staff in Alfa.
The event comprised a competition aimed to test the students’ innovation and creativity abilitiesby asking them to visualize their schoolsin the year 2050.