From DadaMac-UK to Cisco International To Fantsuam
Written by Filo Boko
15th December, 2014
When the Fantsuam Cisco Academy (also known as ZittNet Academy) was threatened
with closure due to... (information needs to be added)
It was in April 2013 that Fantsuam's ZittNet Academy contacted Dadamac-UK with an SOS. The Academy that has been training students since 2004 faced imminent closure because it could not afford the £4,000 needed to purchase the mandatory new laboratory bundles. Dadamac took up the issue with its networks and was able to contact the Cisco Africa Regional Office to request an expression of its Corporate Social Responsibility to support ZittNet. After a flurry of emails from UK to South Africa to Nigeria, Fantsuam was invited to a meeting at the instance of the West Africa Cisco Manager. The meeting held at the Regional Cisco Academy, at the University of Jos and Cisco promised to support the ZittNet Academy with a retraining of its instructors and new laboratory bundles.
We are glad to report that the first part of that promise is now being fulfilled with two ZittNet instructors, Yakubu and Patience billed to attend instructors refresher training at the University of Jos from january 05th, 2015. The West African Cisco Manager assured us he was working on getting us a bundle.
This development is almost incredible, but it is typical of the relationship between Dadamac-UK and Fantsuam Foundation in its rural location in northern Nigeria. A true example of international ICT collaboration that ensures that resources are directed where they are most needed.