As part of its commitment to strengthening digital skills in Nigeria, a Global technology firm, Cisco, has celebrated the establishment of 200 Networking Academies in the country. This makes Nigeria the country with the highest number of Cisco NetAcads in Africa.
The celebration took place at a NetAcad Demo and roundtable session at the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos.
The Cisco Networking Academy is a comprehensive e-learning program that was founded in 1998. It provides an ever-expanding community of students, NGOs, employers, educators’ and employees with the necessary entrepreneurial and technical skills that are required to transform the world for the better.
The event and demo session provided an opportunity for NetAcad students to demonstrate their training so far. Demos showcased include a smart IoT solutions system and the assembling of a computer by students from Queens and Kings College, Lagos.
The General Manager of Cisco Nigeria and West African Countries, Olakunle Oloruntimehin, said:
“At Cisco, we have come to understand that technology is truly powerful when combined with education. We are proud to say that for over 20 years, the Cisco Networking Academy has impacted the lives of over nine million students globally.”
“Our courses are designed to mold technical talent and hone our students’ skills for innovation in digitization. In partnership with a number of educators and instructors at 200 academies in Nigeria, we are constantly working to deliver the best curricula to help train these students”.
The session ended with an announcement from Cisco on its new, three-year partnership with an international advocacy organization, Global Citizen, to power the movement to end extreme poverty.
The partnership involves the company’s commitment to funding and technology to help end poverty, playing a vital role in making progress towards the United Nations Global goals for Supportable Development towards ending extreme poverty by 2030.