May 8, 2008
By: News@Cisco Staff Writer
Operation Military Connect is an example of a long track record of collaboration between the public and private sector to use our expertise and resources to bring people together to make a difference in the lives of individuals and their communities. Here are some other examples of how Cisco collaborates with public and private organizations to improve education and economic opportunities around the world.
- Over the past 10 years, Cisco Networking Academy has developed an "ecosystem" of partnerships with secondary schools, community colleges, universities, vocational training centers, and correctional facilities to provide Information Communications Technology (ICT) skills education and address the growing global shortage of ICT and networking professionals.
- The Jordan Education Initiative, launched in 2003 at the World Economic Forum, developed a technology-supported education model to reduce the gap between developed and developing nations. The JEI, backed by a direct investment of $25 million by partners, shows the power that public/private partnerships can have on education reform. JEI led to the formation of the Global Education Initiative (GEI) with efforts underway in Egypt and the Indian state of Rajasthan.
- Cisco's 21st Century Schools Initiative (21S) is creating a transferrable model for IT-supported education reform, with an $80 million investment in technology, training programs and Cisco Fellows expertise for U.S. school districts in Louisiana and Mississippi.