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Networking Academy Brings Career Prospects and Hope to Deaf Students in Africa

December 12, 2011 at 8:53 am PST

Imagine you are 17 years old, you live in Kenya, and you are deaf. In this part of the world, deaf and disabled people are considered “cursed.” Your family is ashamed of you. You can’t communicate with them or with anyone else. Nor can you go to school, see a doctor, get a job, or make friends. You are alone, with little hope that your life will ever change. Now, imagine being able to personally help teenagers like this, without even leaving your office building.

Karim Remu, a Cisco systems engineer in Toronto, is doing it — by mentoring a group of deaf students who participate in a Cisco       Networking Academy program in Nairobi, Kenya designed just for them. If you aren’t already familiar with Cisco Networking Academy, it is a global program that teaches students how to design, build, manage, and secure computer networks. Networking Academy helps fill a mounting demand for network professionals worldwide, and also provides a path to a career and financial independence for participants.

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Welcome to Cisco’s new Corporate Social Responsibility Blog!

July 14, 2011 at 10:00 am PST

For more than two decades, Cisco’s vision has been to change the way the world works, lives, plays, and learns. Our approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) aligns responsible business practices and social investments to create long-term value for our business.

We encourage you to read more about our CSR efforts in the 2010 CSR Report, and tell us how you engage the network for good.

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