SSE Students’ High School Mentees Awarded Top Ranking in DigiGirlz National Competition!
Over the past nine months, six Al Akhawayn University (AUI) students from the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) teamed up to mentor 17 female students in the Royal Military High School in Ifrane. During that time, they designed and pitched app solutions for the DigiGirlz Mentorship Program held this year. The team qualified to compete in the final competition held last weekend organized by the Association Annoual, the U.S. Embassy Morocco, and Microsoft Maroc. The competition was attended by 200 participants. The SSE mentees competed against other students with 17 unique app projects and were awarded top rankings. The mentors’ teams feature:
- Ikram Rachak, Sofya Sellak, & Douae Rioui mentored six Royal Military High School students and won 1st place in the DigiGirlz competition for their Mekfof educational project addressing the issue of facilitating computer-mediated learning for blind people. The team received a prize award of 7000 MAD.
- Chifaa Bouzid, Oumayma El Ghamrasni, & Aicha Belghiti mentored eleven Royal Military High School students and won 3rd place in the DigiGirlz competition for their Ifrane-City project addressing the issue of information availability in Ifrane. The team received a prize award of 3000 MAD.
For Ikram, Sofya, and Douae, this award-winning mentorship experience comes as a natural extension of their active participation in the Robotics National Competition held last spring. For Chifaa, this adds to her latest accomplishment, having been featured on Morocco’s National TV Channel 2M explaining university education opportunities during the lockdown.
Four of the six DigiGirlz Mentors - Ikram, Chifaa, Oumayma, and Aicha - are recipients of the Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE) science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) scholarships. Based in Dubai, the foundation seeks to provide educational opportunities in the STEM field to underserved and high-achieving Arab youth.
The AGFE STEM Project at AUI started back in 2018 when AGFE partnered with AUI to extend generous scholarships to Moroccan youth through a highly competitive selection process emphasizing academic excellence, resilience in the face of hardships, leadership potential, and commitment to contributing to the prosperity of the Arab World. Representing 14 cities and 22 public high school institutions around Morocco, 30 scholars are currently pursuing their computing and engineering degrees at SSE.
AUI remains the only higher education institution in the Maghreb selected by AGFE for partnership. This is a result of AUI’s values, reputation, and institutional and programs’ accreditation. For more information, please contact:
- Dr. Khalid Sendide; AGFE STEM Program at AUI Director and AGFE Academic Advisor
- Asmae El Mahdi; AGFE Scholars’ University Coordinator (UC)
AGFE Scholars 1st Cohort (2018)
AGFE Scholars 2nd Cohort (2019)