[lpi-discuss] [LPI-News] LPI Affiliate promotes Linux Education with UNDP/UNESCO initiative in Middle East

slamberton slamberton at lpi.org
Mon Nov 16 11:14:29 EST 2009


LPI Affiliate promotes Linux education with new UNDP/UNESCO organization
in Middle East

(Sacramento, CA, USA: November 16, 2009) - The Linux Professional
Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org), announced that its affiliate, LPI-Middle East, had
signed an agreement with Ma3bar initiative (http://www.ma3bar.org/) to
promote the adoption of Free and Open Source software throughout the
Arab world.  Ma3bar is an Arab Support Centre for Free and Open Source
Software established by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP),
the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO), and the University of Balamand, Al-Kurah, Lebanon.

"LPI has worked with a number of UN sponsored initiatives over the years
to promote the use of Open Source technology in developing countries.
We welcome these joint efforts as it enables LPI to further our mission
of advancing Linux professionalism. This agreement with Ma3bar will
greatly enhance the impact of our affiliate, LPI-Middle East, in
promoting Linux education and our globally-recognized certification
program," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

The agreement between LPI-Middle East and the Ma3bar support center
included the following key proposed activities within the region:

- promotion of Linux education and LPI certification within
post-secondary curriculum in universities

- improvements to the quality of Linux and open source training

- delivery of both Linux certification and curriculum

- establish a local examination center to increase local competencies
and skills in Linux

- develop an Arabic-speaking community within the Linux and Open Source
context

- present executive workshops, public conferences, academic seminars and
other forums that promote Linux and Open Source

The agreement was signed during a launch event of Ma3bar at the Beirut
office of UNESCO and was sponsored by Lebanon's Ministry of Education
and Higher Education and LPI-Middle East on November 5, 2009.  During
the event Balamand University also signed a contract with LPI-Middle
East to become an LPI-Approved Academic Partner providing training
towards LPI certification in the region.

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT
industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government
entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is
supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is
distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 7,000 testing
locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 200,000 exams and 70,000
LPIC certifications around the world.

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills
on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of
comprehensive, top-quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an
international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux
community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate
recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux
professionals. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through
strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community
development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum
Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux
as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

About Ma3bar:

"Ma3bar” is the Arab Support Center for Free and Open Source Software.
Since its inception by UNDP-ICTDAR, UNESCO, and the University of
Balamand, the center strives to disseminate free and open source
software as a philosophy and culture in academia and Arab societies.
Ma3bar is committed to contributing to social and economic development
in the Arab region by promoting the use and development of free and open
source software, and by developing and conducting training programs on
such software, to ensure that more Arab communities have affordable
access to information technologies.

Media contacts:

Feras Abou Shackra
LPI- Middle East	
Email: feras at lpime.org
Phone: +971508441517

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
http://www.lpi.org
slamberton at lpi.org
+1-905-269-0862


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