São Paulo, Brazil, December 23, 2011 - The Rio
de Janeiro City Hall, represented by the Municipal Housing
Department, today launched the first of its Praça do
Conhecimento units in the Nova Brasília community, at Morro
do Alemão, in Rio. Praça do Conhecimento (in English,
"Knowledge Square") is a social project focusing
on culture and education supported by the Cisco® Networking
Academy® program, which seeks to provide workers and
students with IT training.
Cisco's engagement with Praça do Conhecimento will
introduce the Nova Brasília community into a global
education network serving over a million students in 165
countries, 25,000 in Brazil alone. More than 300 youngsters
from the community are expected to receive Networking
Academy training in the first half of 2012 alone.
The Praça do Conhecimento will offer two of the program
modules: IT Essentials, which offers students training to
be either a support specialist, help desk technician,
network technician, hardware installation or software
application support technician, and the CCNA® certification
program for systems administrators, Internet specialists,
network and data systems analysts, and computer network
The Networking Academy will also be involved at upcoming
Praça do Conhecimento units scheduled to open in 2012 in
other underprivileged communities of Rio de Janeiro.
"This relationship with the Housing Department in
Praça do Conhecimento restates the Networking Academy's
social commitment to training young people in
underprivileged communities, giving them access to the
dynamic and growing IT sector. The growing Brazilian
economy and the major events scheduled for the next few
years will be major drivers in networks professionals'
careers", said Rodrigo Abreu, CEO of Cisco in Brazil.
Cisco also supports the Networking Academy program at the
Praça do Conhecimento with teacher training and educational
About the Networking Academy
The Cisco Networking Academy is a global program combining
online teaching and instructor-led activities that train
students on Internet technologies. The program structure is
based on an integrated network involving Cisco,
organizations, Government and educational institutions
Since its Brazilian launch in 2011, the program has
partnered with more than 300 educational and social
institutions in Brazil, as well as city halls in a number
of cities, to train over 100 thousand students. The Rio de
Janeiro program also includes the Science and Technology
Department's Casa Rio Digital, program with
tele-centers located in the city's poorer regions.
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