Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Cisco partners UNITeS on youth empowerment

Worldwide leader in networking, CISCO Systems, is partnering with the United Nations Information Technology Services (UNITeS) for a two-day conference on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), reports Mary Madaki.

This is coming as Cisco has disclosed the desire to launch its academy initiative in over 50 Unity schools nationwide.

CISCO is known to have developed networking system for communications through technology since1984.

Area Academy Manager for West and Central Africa, Cisco Networking Academy, Mr Julius Ayuk Tabe, made this disclosure in Lagos, at a press conference to herald a two-day international Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) youth conference.

The two-day event being organized by Cisco in collaboration with the United Nations Information technology Service (UNITES), which began yesterday, Tuesday at the Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, ends today.

Mr. Tabe also said that Cisco now has its academy in 168 countries while 65 of the academy currently exist in Nigeria.

According to him, Cisco plans to launch its academy in over 50 Unity Schools presently in existence in the country to drive home to the localities the import of the initiative.

He added that Cisco built upon social investments to partner with local organization and also impact on recipient communities around the world, these activities are designed to built trust in the company and empower employees.

Also speaking, the director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in charge of UNITES, Mr Tetsuo Maximilien Ohno, said that UNITES was launched by the UN to help in reducing world poverty and raising the level of youth participation in their communities.

He said that with the launch, UN aimed to have world poverty reduced by 2015 and achieve this by helping to spread the benefits of new technologies around the world, and bring about tremendous digital opportunities for economic and social development. “These are opportunities for the innovative works of the youth to be seen and also utilizing IT for development, forging partnerships and support for laudable initiatives and programmes on ICT,” he submitted.

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