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Introduction to Cybersecurity International Girls in ICT Day


We are delighted to announce the winners of the Introduction to Cybersecurity International Girls in ICT Day:

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place
Top performing Academies:
1. Syed Muhammad Fraz Atta, Pakistan, 2337 Student Participants
2. Chaitanya Emany, India, 1675 Student Participants
3. Arzu Kilitci Calayır, Turkey, 1196 Student Participants
1st, 2nd, 3rd Place
Top performing Instructors:
1. Networks Professionals, Pakistan, 2337 Student Participants
2. Aditya Academy, India, 1675 Student Participants
3. Habitat Association, Turkey, 1196 Student Participants
1st Place
Top performing ASC:
1. Numax Technology, Pakistan, 2337 Student Participants

International Girls in ICT Day​​​​​​​

Cisco is celebrating International Girls in ICT Day around the world on 22 April, 2021 to motivate girls and women to consider science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects.

New studies suggest the impact of the COVID-19 recession on working women is greater than men, unlike other significant economic downturns that more affected men.

Global figures show a startling economic disparity with women losing jobs at almost twice the rate of men and leaving 47 million more women and girls below the poverty line.

If we want to empower girls to secure their own economic future, it only makes sense to expose them to the opportunities STEM skills can bring to their future.

We’re celebrating – get involved! 

Cisco Networking Academy is organizing a first-of-its-kind global Learn-A-thon and you can be part of it!

Join this friendly competition and compete for global prizes whilst helping more girls to learn technology skills at same time.

Both boys and girls are welcome to participate in the Learn-A-Thon. In order to officially join the competition, instructors will need to create the course and then register at the Learn-A-Thon website.  This Learn-A-thon is capped at 250 instructors, so be quick!

Are you ready to celebrate?

The Introduction to Cybersecurity Learn-A-Thon


Length of Learn-A-Thon

Participate in the Learn-A-Thon from 1st April until 22th April 2021


15-hour self-paced intro course

Explores cyber trends, threats and staying safe in cyberspace. Multiple activities and quizzes engage students and reinforce learning.


Benefits of Intro to Cybersecurity

Teaches how to protect personal data and privacy online & in social media. Discusses why more IT jobs require cybersecurity knowledge and understanding.


Free to join

The cost to join the Learn-A-Thon is free.


In-Demand Skills

When you teach cybersecurity, you provide your students with valuable skills companies continually seek from candidates.




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Incentives for students to join the Learn-A-Thon


Students who participate in the Learn-A-Thon and pass the Intro to Cybersecurity course exam with a 70% or above on the first attempt will be awarded a Cisco Intro to Cybersecurity digital badge.

Students that participate in the Learn-A-Thon will receive a Cisco Learn-A-Thon experience digital badge

A Cisco digital badge is an emblem distinguishing an achievement that can be shared and validated digitally on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Xing, via Email, shared link, embed code into web page or blog.

After the Learn-A-Thon, we encourage students to continue on their Cybersecurity journey by taking the Cybersecurity Essentials course as a next step.


23rd February 2021
Registration opens
31st March 2021
Registration closes
1st April 2021
Learn-A-Thon Begins
22nd April 2021
Learn-a-Thon Concludes with Women Rock-IT event
27th April 2021
Course Excel files Due
11th May 2021
Winners announced
17th May 2021
Learn-a-Thon Badges will be Distributed


1st, 2nd, 3rd Place
Top performing Instructors

  1. Apple watch 6 SE
  2. Air pods with wireless charging case
  3. Google Nest Audio
1st, 2nd, 3rd Place
Top performing Academies

  1. Apple watch 6 SE
  2. Air pods with wireless charging case
  3. Google Nest Audio
1st Place
Top performing ASC

  1. Apple watch 6 SE


How Academies Join the Learn-A-Thon

What is a Learn-A-thon?

A Learn-A-Thon is a three-week virtual competition for Instructors to offer the Introduction to Cybersecurity course to all students who are interested in learning more about cybersecurity. This course can be offered by creating a self-enroll course or Instructor led course. You are welcome to invite students, staff, family members, and friends to participate in this free online course. Participating academies will help prepare students for a successful and lucrative career by providing students with the valuable skills that companies continually seek and help build the workforce of tomorrow.

Host a 3-weeks event at your educational institute.
Assign a dedicated instructor to manage the Learn-A-Thon.
Dedicated instructor to set up a self-paced Introduction to Cybersecurity Course page on CourseID:
Dedicated instructor enroll students into self-paced Introduction to Cybersecurity Course.
Dedicated instructor register its academy and class in this website to participate in Learn-A-Thon.
Allocates an on-site lab facility with internet connection, if applicable. Encourage students to complete course and earn a digital badge.
All students who complete and pass the Introduction to Cybersecurity Course will earn a digital badge to share on social media platforms.
Have the most students complete the Introduction to Cybersecurity course and earn a learning digital badge & you’ll be in the running to win some great prizes.


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