Cisco Mentors Digital Natives, Startups Virtually- Hamid

Cisco Mentors Digital Natives, Startups Virtually- Hamid
…Set to impact over 1bn people by 2025
By Gina Emmanuel
Miss Fathia Tolani Bello of the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba Lagos not only wowed audience with her technical knowledge of her technological creation of The Smart School but her brilliance assured the audience of a greater Nigeria.
This demonstration was done during the 20 years anniversary of the networking solutions company, Cisco Systems in Lagos.
Bello, the techie genius
And when prompted on mentorship for the likes of Bello in the country, Cisco Regional Manager, Corporate Affairs, Sub-Saharan Africa, Alfie Hamid said “Virtual mentoring is what we have, which is better for them. Most times, they go online to seek mentorship from professionals and they get responses”. Adding that schools get grant to build more startups.
Hamid further explained that “Cisco Networking Academy plays an essential role in Cisco’s commitment to positively impact over one billion people by 2025 through digitisation. For 20 years, Cisco Networking Academy has enabled people from all works of life to form part of the digital economy, poAlfie Hamidsitively changing the lives, incomes, and narratives of their families.”
Cisco in the last 20 years has  up-skilled millions of young people through its flagship Corporate Social Responsibilty programme,CSR, the Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) in Nigeria.
Since its inception in 1997, the Cisco Networking Academy has reached 7.8 million students, 9,600 educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities in more than 180 countries across the world.
The NetAcad is the world’s largest technology classroom, partnering closely with 22,000 educators to deliver a curriculum that gives students digital, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills needed to get a job, promotion or start entrepreneurial businesses. In Nigeria alone, the NetAcad has trained over 101,000 students (of which 41 percent are female) in the past 20 years and currently has over 32, 000 active students and an instructor population of 218 in 167 Academies, 7 Academy Support Center (ASCs) and 9 Instructor Training Center (ITCs).
With many industries experiencing a shortage of IT talent, Cisco Networking Academy is developing a pipeline of IT talent to support digitisation in Nigeria. The core focus of our curriculum stays true to Cisco’s expertise in networking and security, and we are adding coursework in emerging fields like Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics in a way that is in line with the future of education and business trends.
On his part, Cisco’s General Manager in Nigeria, Olakunle Oloruntimehin noted that Cisco Nigeria has advanced skills in ICT.
“As we celebrate 20 years of innovative IT teaching, we are proud that the Cisco Networking Academy has contributed to the growth of   Cisco Certified Network Associate curriculum (CCNA).
“CCNA curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills. It’s aligns to industry recognized certification which is what potential employers are looking for.  This curriculum can be a gateway to a number of careers—network technician, support engineer, network administrator, network designer and network engineer”.‎