PACT 2018, Volunteering trip to Haiti Fund
Please join me in supporting PACT 2018, a volunteering trip to Haiti by Cisco employees running a week long, hands on training on VoIP, Security, Meraki and professional development for a Haitian 100 students!
Last year we started a program at the Foundation of the World called Progress & Accelerated Change through Technology PACT. The program is four-day training taught by Subject Matter Experts from the IT industry in the areas of VoIP, Network Security, Virtualization and Professional Development. Our experts come from Cisco in the USA and Cisco Network Academy alumni native to Haiti. The idea is to work with a group of 25 students at a time and train them in all four areas over the course of four days. On the final day, the participants will shadow at different tech companies in Haiti.
The critical component is the participants spending most of their time learning through laboratories & exposure in each of the areas listed below. Therefore, the knowledge gained is practical:
Voice Over Internet Protocol
Meraki Cloud Networking
The Shadowing Day is designed to help the participants identify and explore career options by observing the working environment and meeting with professionals in areas of interest.
One of the keys to Haiti's future is the development of its tech industry; a High-Tech Revolution. Haiti's internet penetration rate is currently at 12.8% (U.S. Census Bureau - 2016) compared to the U.S. at 88.6%. Internet penetration is positively affected by the literacy rate within a country. The youth (15-24 years) literacy rate in Haiti (2008-2012) is around 72%, Haiti's highest to date.
ICTs are vectors of economic and social transformation. By improving access to services, enhancing connectivity, creating business and employment opportunities, and changing the ways people communicate, Haiti can start its revolution. The participants we help will be leaders of that revolution through jobs, innovation and sharing their knowledge with others.