By Alexandra Krauska
By Alexandra Krauska
Rabat – The Hassania School of Public Works (EHTP), among other schools in Morocco, presented their projects to Enactus, an entrepreneurial challenge program.
EHTP won first prize in the competition and will go on to represent Morocco in the Enactus World Cup. It will be held from September 28th to September 30th in Toronto, and will display the projects of 3,500 students from all over the world.
EHTP, located in Casablanca, is one of Morocco’s oldest schools of engineering. It serves about 850 students of college age. The school specializes in civil engineering, regional planning, and electrical engineering.
“Of 80 teams, 48 were able to present projects with a social impact through regional competitions organized in Fez, Tangier, Marrakech, Rabat, Agadir, Casablanca, and the quarterfinals which took place in Rabat,” said the president of Enactus Maroc, Majid Kaissar El Ghaib, after announcing the winners of the competition. “At the end of that night, there was not only one winner, but I want you to keep in mind that you are all winners. Morocco can be proud of you.”
Enactus is a non-profit international program to motivate students to make a change in the world. It is described as “a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.” They view the competition as an investment in the students, and believe that they have the potential to make the world a better place.
Last year’s project, from a different school in Morocco, studied the deaf community of the Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer region. The students found that many deaf children do not go to school, and deaf adults cannot find meaningful employment. They founded a website and news program that provided education, news and information in sign language and French. The project, which now employs four deaf contributors, will be handed off to members of the deaf community and hire up to 10 more people in the near future.