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UN Volunteers to train Filipino teachers in IT skills
26 April 2006

Makati City, Philippines: The UN Volunteers programme ((UNV) has partnered with Cisco Systems in the Philippines to train teachers in the country’s underserved areas in essential computer skills. Training will be provided under the UN Information Technology Service (UNITeS) programme.

The initiative is part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) efforts to expand its information technology volunteer programme in the Philippines after successfully launching it in mid-2005 with Cisco, said UNV IT Specialist Juan Huerta Brogeras. He was addressing the “Emerging Technologies for Philippines 2020” conference held in Makati City during 17-18 April. UNV is administered by the UNDP.

The programme was launched in Mindanao with the Mindanao State University and the non-government organization Growth Equity for Mindanao, benefiting eight schools.

UNV is currently exploring new partnerships to help identify and connect public high schools in rural areas, while looking for more volunteers from the graduates of the Cisco Networking Academy Program (CNAP).