ciscoCisco, the world’s leader in networking has announced that its
capacity building arm, Cisco Networking Academy in partnership with
educational institutions, government administrations and community
based organisations around the world has enrolled one million
concurrent students for the first time as part of its corporate social
responsibility programme.

The Cisco Networking Academy programme which started in Nigeria in
2002, delivers information and communications technology (ICT)
education through effective in-classroom learning combined with
innovative cloud-based curriculum and tools to prepare students for
careers in the 21st-century global economy.

The Networking Academy began in 1997 with 64 schools and has grown to
become one of the world’s largest classrooms with 10,000 academies in
165 countries, and nearly 4 million students having participated in
the program to date. In Nigeria, there are 68 active academies; 7,593
active Students; 683 new students within the last one year, 3,750
graduates till date and 143 active instructors.

According to the Area Academy Manager, Nigeria, West and Central
Africa, Chinedy Dibor, “Networking Academy is truly the world’s
largest classroom; the unique delivery model combines the power of the
network and the cloud with the global need for ICT skills-based
education to address the critical need for networking professionals
around the world.”


The academy teaches students how to design, build, troubleshoot, and
secure computer networks for increased access to career and economic
opportunities in communities around the world. Students who complete
the program often go on to secure entry-level career opportunities,
participate in continuing education and achieve globally recognized
career certifications.


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