Cisco has an ambitious plan of equipping some 100,000 students in South Africa with relevant and most recent digital skills by the year 2020. In celebration of the Cisco Networking Academy 20th anniversary in South Africa, which took place in October, the company has launched a new free seven online courses.
The seven online courses are self-enrolment program tailored to equip South Africans with relevant digital skills. Cisco will be partnering with other stakeholders to ensure the outreach of the program is as wide as possible. Some of the stakeholders of Cisco’s potential partners in this program include formal education centers like schools, colleges, TVETs, and universities. The company will also solicit the help of unconventional stakeholders like prisons, homeless shelters, local communities, industries and schools for the blind.
The seven courses course that Cisco will be teaching through this program are as follows:
Get connected (Digital Literacy)
Introduction to IoT
NDG Linux Unhatched
NDG Linux Essentials
Charity Smith, the Managing Director for Cisco sub-Saharan Africa, said, “The future global competitiveness of South Africa will be determined by our commitment as a nation, and as employers to ensure that we have the skills required for a thriving digital economy. The education system alone cannot be expected to keep up with the increasing skills gap. As technology leaders and future employers, we are partnering with Government and the education ecosystem to ensure that South Africans are given more opportunities to be part of the workforce of the future.”
South Africa Minister Jeff Radebe added, “Not so long ago, I identified ICT as a way to lay a solid foundation for rapid and inclusive economic growth in our country. Together with Cisco, we are going to provide skills development opportunities through training, internships, and mentorships for young graduates and budding entrepreneurs.”