In an effort to ensure the continuity of education and to help empower people for jobs of the future, Cisco is making available free training on ICT skills courses to students and citizens across the African continent. All students who successfully complete the courses will receive a certificate from Cisco.
In the wake of multiple governments responses to the impact of COVID-19 calling for the shutdown of educational institutions, Cisco wanted to provide everyone the opportunity to carry on learning and take advantage of the time during lockdown.
School closures have impacted over 72% of students globally. As missing school for a long period ordinarily regresses learners’ development, idling during lockdown would be a disservice to oneself. Cisco has therefore made training resources available for learners interested in careers in ICT to develop their skills in preparation for success in the increasingly digital future.
“The online training which we have made available to anyone, for free, represents our love for education and our commitment to equipping people with the relevant ICT skills in order to be participants and key players in the fourth industrial revolution,” says Garsen Naidu, country manager, South Africa, Cisco.
The online training by Cisco’s Networking Academy can be done at an individual’s own pace. The different trainings cover entrepreneurship, cybersecurity, IoT and more. Courses on offer are: Digital Literacy, Introduction to Cybersecurity , Introduction to the Internet of Things, Linux Unhatched, Linux Essentials, Essentials in Python, as well as Entrepreneurship.
Cisco strongly believes in fuelling the future by empowering people with digital and technical education. Even in the face of a pandemic, hope for the future remains alive and the education of tomorrow’s bright minds and innovators is vital. Just because schools have closed, it doesn’t mean learning has to cease.
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