650 Kenyan students and civil servants have graduated from the Cisco Networking Academy. The graduates who completed various digital skills over the last few months were honoured at a virtual ceremony held yesterday.
The ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Kenya and Cisco.
The fresh graduates join a large group of Kenyan students and professionals who have gained state-of-the-art digital and IT skills with the help of Cisco Networking Academy over the past years.
The civil servants and students in this cohort took part in multiple courses, including Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cyber operations and DevNet Associate.
More than 65,000 people have so far attended Cisco Networking Academy courses in Kenya since its inception. The course content has also been made available on the Ministry’s Ajira Digital Programme free of charge through a partnership between the ICT ministry and Cisco.
In addition to providing digital content, Cisco also offered scholarships to 50 students and in collaboration with the ICT Authority trained 600 civil servants from various Ministries and Government organisations.
“Cisco Networking Academy is our global platform that provides education in IT and digital skills. We partner with learning institutions and Government agencies around the globe, to empower people with tech-savvy career opportunities,” said Sally Kimeu, country manager for Cisco in Kenya.
“The story of our Networking Academy started more than 20 years ago. Over the years, this learning platform has become the world’s largest classroom with more than 12.6 million participants since its inception. Given the need for digital skills in Africa, Cisco Networking Academy is a key pillar of our commitment to the continent,” Sally added.