We believe that public-private partnerships will play an important role in the transformation of global education systems. Cisco leverages these types of partnerships to improve learning outcomes and promote socioeconomic development in communities around the world.
The Global Education Initiative (GEI)
The GEI resulted from an appeal at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in 2003 to create a technology-supported education model that would improve the quality of education in developing countries. The government of Jordan was selected to launch this effort in partnership with WEF, IT business leaders, and local organizations.
By 2006, the resulting Jordan Education Initiative (JEI) demonstrated the power and potential of public-private partnerships to catalyze education reform. Read report of JEI accomplishments
Partnerships for Education
WEF and UNESCO launched the Partnerships for Education (PfE) initiative in 2007 to communicate the value of Multistakeholder Partnerships for Education (MSPEs) and help clarify the role that government organizations and the private section can play in leveraging these types of partnerships to deliver high quality education to all citizens.
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) aims to address challenges facing the African content such as underdevelopment, marginalization, and escalating poverty levels under the principles of good governance and effective partnerships.
As one of five companies leading a NEPAD consortium, Cisco has provided a $3.5 million investment of people, products, and cash to help accelerate the development of the ICT sector in Africa through technology and education.
The NEPAD E-Schools initiative is designed to help bridge the digital divide in Africa by providing technical skills training to primary and secondary school students, teachers, and administrators. In support of this initiative, Cisco had led ICT implementations in 19 secondary schools in Algeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Rwanda, Senegal, and South Africa, and provided equipment to 39 schools in nine other countries. Project objectives include building labs and media centers, setting up networks, and providing laptops for teachers.
Since the program launch, more than 30,000 students have gained access to computers and the Internet, and the number continues to grow as new students enter the e-schools each year.
Countries participating in NEPAD include Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda.