Cisco Announces Major Collaborative Initiatives with Moroccan Government

Cisco has announced two major collaborative initiatives with the Moroccan government: the launch of the Cisco Networking Academy program in Morocco and Cisco’s appointment as strategic technology advisor to the Moroccan government at Cisco Expo Morocco 2009 which took place on June 30 and July 1.

Some highlights from the event:

  • Cisco will work with Morocco’s Ministry of National Education to introduce the Cisco Networking Academy program into the curriculum in K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and other educational institutions throughout the kingdom of Morocco.
  • The government’s strategic technology adviser, Cisco will help to formulate and develop Morocco’s ICT strategy. This collaboration will enable the government to benefit from Cisco’s experience in setting up similar programs and educational networks across the globe and particularly in Africa and the Middle East.
  • The Networking Academy program provides ICT skills to students globally to improve their career and economic opportunities. It operates in high schools, colleges, universities, technical and military schools, community-based organizations and government bodies. Its curriculum combines the theory and practice of designing, developing and implementing the networks that underpin businesses and other organizations. In addition, its advanced technology curricula in areas such as security, wireless and Internet Protocol (IP) telephony provide exposure to the latest technology skills in those fields. It also has a module teaching basic ICT skills.

Yvon Le Roux, Cisco’s vice president for Africa Levant said about the two collaborative initiatives: “It’s one of the most important steps that government and business leaders in this region can take is to concentrate efforts, collectively and collaboratively, on providing information technology training opportunities. This can enhance students’ careers, improve economic opportunities, and raise the quality of life and economic prosperity of generations to come.”

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Tarek is the founder and chief researcher at Youngberry, a youth research and marketing firm dedicated to the region. Tarek founded interactiveME.com and previously worked as Manager at Flip Media (Interactive Agency), Bayt.com (Job Site) and Consulting House Qatar (Consulting firm). He is researcher and writer on internet & disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, and youth culture.