Capital Administrative Division and Cisco Pakistan today signed an MoU through which Public School teachers of Grade-VI and beyond in Islamabad will be offered technical training on Cisco’s IT essentials to promote ICT & Digital Content Development for children in Public Sector Schools.
This training program will also be expanded to primary school children in the next phases.
MoU was signed by Mr. Hasan Iqbal, Federal Secretary CAD and Mr. Naveed Qazi, Country Manager Cisco Pakistan in the presence of Mrs. Anusha Rehman, Minister of State for IT & Telecom and the State Minister for CAD Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry.
Secretary IT Mr. Rizwan Bashir Khan, Additional Secretary (IT), Additional Secretary (CAD), Member (IT), Member (Telecom), Member (HRD) and other officials from MoIT and CAD were also present at the signing ceremony.
Minister of State for IT, while commenting on the development, stated that all those ICT opportunities which are available to the students of private sector schools should also be made equally available to the students of public sector school.
MoS-IT also said that in this technologically advanced era it is need of the time that we should provide all opportunities to our children to start learning modern ICT skills like Coding etc from early Childhood education.
It will be a complete “Paradigm Shift” that will lead to holistic roadmap for our young generation to use ICTs which in turn will eventually enhance the volume of entrepreneurship and employability potential.
The Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CAD), Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry expressed his gratitude to Minister of State for IT for her active support in this endeavor. He further stated that in accordance with the vision of Prime Minister of Pakistan we are in the process of provisioning of IT infrastructure in the Federal Public Schools so that technology becomes an integral part of these schools and to create ICT enabled environment.
He further added that MoIT’s initiative regarding ICT & Digital Content Development will definitely be a paradigm shift in the way that educators think about computers and its usage in the public sector schools and hoped that the same model will be followed by the Provincial Governments to promote ICT Education in public schools in future too.
Country Head Cisco Mr. Naveed Qazi said that the mission of Cisco aligns with the vision of Government of Pakistan. He assured the Government of their fullest commitment & support to bring the power of Cisco Network Academy Program to Pakistan, with a particular focus on women & children.