Work­shop to train fe­male engi­neers

Lesotho Times - - Business -

VO­DA­COM Le­sotho (VCL) and Le­sotho Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Au­thor­ity (LCA) have part­nered with the African Net­work Op­er­a­tors Group (AFNOG), in host­ing a work­shop for south­ern African women engi­neers which will be held from 2 – 6 Novem­ber 2015.

The work­shop is an in­ten­sive hands-on Unix Sys­tem Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Net­work­ing pro­gramme that aims to give par­tic­i­pants the abil­ity to in­stall, up­grade, se­cure and com­pe­tently man­age the Unix op­er­at­ing sys­tem on stan­dard PC hard­ware, and use it to pro­vide es­sen­tial In­ter­net ser­vices on a net­work. It is aimed at par­tic­i­pants who are tech­ni­cally com­pe­tent but may have had lit­tle or no prior ex­po­sure to the Unix en­vi­ron­ment.

The AFNOG con­fer­ence is hosted in var­i­ous African coun­tries each year, and this year will be hosted in Le­sotho, with sup­port from VCL and LCA. Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­is­ers, pri­or­ity would be given to Ba­sotho ap­pli­cants and other south­ern African fe­male engi­neers that re­side in Le­sotho. The work­shop will be fully funded by VCL and LCA, and ad­mit­tance will be free for se­lected ap­pli­cants.

Speak­ing on the im­por­tance of host­ing the work­shop in Le­sotho and spon­sor­ing the event, VCL Net­work Engi­neer, ‘Mamoth­okoane Tlali, said: “We have al­ways been a com­pany that cares deeply about em­pow­er­ing women, both in the work­place and in the com­mu­nity. “Our in­dus­try is one that is tra­di­tion­ally viewed as a male dom­i­nated one, and we are ex­tremely de­lighted to be a part of the or­gan­i­sa­tions lead­ing the change in that re­gard; pre­par­ing and en­cour­ag­ing women to be­come a force to be reck­oned with in tech­ni­cal fields.

“We are very thank­ful to LCA and AFNOG for this part­ner­ship and we look for­ward to see­ing ex­cep­tional young Ba­sotho fe­male engi­neers take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity.”

On be­half of LCA, Uni­ver­sal Ser­vice Fund Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Nthabiseng Pule, said: “The LCA is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that all com­mu­ni­ca­tions-re­lated ser­vice pro­vi­sion of­fered in Le­sotho is of a world-class stan­dard. It is there­fore deep within our man­date to en­sure that we have the re­quired skill-sets lo­cally to build and main­tain these stan­dards; this is why the part­ner­ship with AFNOG and Vo­da­com in this ini­tia­tive was a very nat­u­ral one.

“We are fully com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing to close the num­bers gap be­tween male and fe­male in Le­sotho’s tech­no­log­i­cal in­dus­tries, and this is the per­fect ini­tia­tive to con­tinue to do that.” - Staff Writer.

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