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Bridging the IT-knowledge gap in Turkey: Spark for Women Project

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The main goal of the Spark for Women project is to empower women through IT education and soft-skills’ training and give them a higher possibility of getting a job in the business world, letting them …

The main goal of the Spark for Women project is to empower women through IT education and soft-skills’ training and give them a higher possibility of getting a job in the business world, letting them to get economically independent and more conscious on their rights and roles within their society.

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  • 1. Bridging the IT knowledge gap in TurkeyPresentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 1
  • 2. Some Facts about Turkey Population: almost 70 million Young Population: median age 28 years High unemployment rate: 14,5 % much higher among younger people and women Poverty issue: population below poverty line 18% Internet expanding: Internet users: 26-28 million (2009) IT Market in 2009: 27,5 Billion USD IT market in 2010: 30 Billion USD (apprx 8% growth whereas this is 1% in Europe) Highest demand for advanced networking technology experts in Europe (IDC2005)Presentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 2
  • 3. What is SPARK (Youth Movement in Informatics)?  Aim: improve the level of IT expertise among youth while encouraging volunteerism.  A youth movement where young instructors teach networking skills to economically disadvantaged and unemployed young people.  In a unique example of volunteerism, NetAcad trainings are given by the youth for the youth.Presentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 3
  • 4. SPARK in numbers Initiated in 2006; Has graduated over 2.400 people so far; Takes place in 25 cities scattered all around Turkey using Habitat Centers for Informatics; Active in over 20 different cities in Turkey, Has over 300 NetAcad volunteer Instructors, Providing Cisco IT Essentials and CCNA I and II Trainings for freePresentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 4
  • 5. SPARK Project Partners An increasingly powerful social responsibility project that is run in partnership with Habitat Center for Governance and Development, UNDP, and Cisco in 2006.Presentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 5
  • 6. Partners of SPARK 40,000 members around Turkey Project Management Government connections Bringing IT companies together UN Volunteer – 4th year Developing more initiatives around SPARK basisPresentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 6
  • 7. SPARK Model SPARK SPARK Regional Cisco NetAcad Graduates Academy Graduates IT Essentials CCENT To train students Academies Academies and general public NetAcad ParticipantsPresentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 7
  • 8. Instructors and Training Performance in YearsPresentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 8
  • 9. What’s in it for Instructors? NetAcad graduates can apply  Instructor fast track course  Work as volunteer instructors to teach underserved communities in their area  Immediate work experience  Deepening knowledge of Networking Technologies  Be internationally valid Cisco Certified Instructors  Building bonds with their peers The best way to learn is to teach.Presentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 9
  • 10. Some More Opportunities For the communities Bridging the digital gap for underserved communities Encouraging Volunteerism Acquiring a profession for the disadvantaged For NetAcad A global network of NetAcad volunteer instructors A forum for further idea generation and program development Grow the program in areas that are usually difficult to reachPresentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 10
  • 11. With NetAcad the participant… •gets up-to-date and hands on knowledge on network and IT, • learns about team work, • joins the world’s biggest e- learning community, • gets ready for the internationally valid certification examinations •Acquires a professionPresentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 11
  • 12. Presentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 12
  • 13. Presentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 13
  • 14. Presentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 14
  • 15. Spark for Women www.bilisimdekadinhareketi.com/enPresentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 15
  • 16. Women in Turkey – Facts  Women’ active participation to labor force: 26%  Women employment rate: 22%  Gender Gap Index: When compared with European countries, in areas of economic participation, equal opportunities, access to education, and political participation last quartile  UNDP Gender Report: Out of 157 countries, Turkey: 79th.Presentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 16
  • 17. What is Spark for Women?  Main aim: Empower women through IT education and soft-skills trainings; Facilitate women’ integration to active labor force; Encourage women to have their economic independence and empower their social conditions by being more conscious of their rights and roles within their society  3 main pillars of the Project: IT Essentials Train the Trainers Training(70 hours) Resume writing and Interview Techniques Seminars(3 hours) Labor Law and Common Law Legal Trainings (3 hours)Presentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 17
  • 18. Project Target in Numbers and by Region  Provide 6 IT Essentials Train the Trainers Education in different cities of Turkey Total: 120 women IT instructors  Wide geographical scope- pilot cities: İzmir, İstanbul, Diyarbakır, Denizli, Artvin;  Each Instructor will train minimum 20 other women in their region –Target: 2400 women graduatesPresentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 18
  • 19. Survey Results The participants have been; % 91 Utilizing the info they got in their daily lives %34 Help the participants in finding a job %70 Have started following IT industry developments both in Turkey and world %85 They know the concept of ‘social responsibility’ %80 Want to enroll in a Project run in a spirit of volunteerism %81 Want to widen the scope of SPARK projectPresentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 19
  • 20. SPARK has contributed to participants in other dimensions as wellPresentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 20
  • 21. More than 70% project participants say  They find NetAcad trainings highly beneficial;  Want to continue their trainings in IT;  To pursue a career in IT industry;  That SPARK project has been highly important for their career choices.Presentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 21
  • 22. bilisimdegenchareket.com bilisimdekadinhareketi.com/enPresentation_ID © 2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 22