New Cisco Networking Academies Opened at Boarding Schools for Fostered Children; 54 Ukrainian Schools Obtain Advanced Digital Equipment
KIEV, Ukraine -- -- Cisco today announced that in the framework of Cisco Networking Academy (TM), free education has been offered for Ukrainian orphans, children from low-income families and children with special requirements.
This fall, Cisco academies start working at Nadezhda education and rehabilitation center in Simferopol, at Father's Home international charity fund (Petrovskoye village in the Kiev region), at Zaporozhye boarding school 7, and at Berdyansk boarding school. All students of the above schools will be trained free of charge. In addition, Cisco started cooperating with All-Ukrainian Association -- My Family , which enables the opening of four more Cisco academies at boarding schools in Lvov and Ivano-Frankovsk regions. Moreover, fostered children from member-families of the association will also be educated free of charge.
Cisco Networking Academy at a boarding school for orphans (the first school of this kind, not only in Ukraine but also in CIS, Central and Eastern Europe) was opened in January 2008 in the town of Bucha (Kiev region). In 2011, another academy was opened at a sanatorium boarding school in the town of Volodarka (Kiev region). Both academies offer IT Essentials courses . In addition, Cisco Networking Academy in Bucha offers the CCNA Discovery course.
Oleg Bodnar, country manager, Cisco Ukraine :
"We try to pay special attention to various initiatives supporting IT education in Ukraine as it is vitally important for further development of our country. Continuous growth of demand for specialists in information and communications technologies (ICT) makes children with special educational requirements confident in their future. Cisco Networking Academies in the Kiev region trained about 200 orphan students and children from low-income families. Graduates of the academies get jobs as soon as they reach the legal age . Training at Cisco Networking Academies offers an excellent ticket to adult life for children with special educational requirements, because the training methods in the academies support the so-called inclusive education. It helps to integrate special children in human society by training them on equal terms with other students . "
Support of the Open World National Project Aimed at Modernizing the Education System in Ukraine
In order to provide further support to IT education in Ukraine, Cisco has taken part in the Open World national project aimed at building a nationwide educational information and communications network. By the end of 2013, the project will supply 2,000 Ukrainian schools with advanced digital equipment. By the end of 2015, all schools in Ukraine will get such equipment. Fifty-four schools in different regions of Ukraine have already obtained tablets and netbooks (for schoolchildren); PCs (for teachers); digital labs for chemistry, biology and physics classes; and multimedia interactive sets and network assets. Today more than 3,200 schoolchildren of grade seven use the new equipment in their studies.