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

assy chiratall at gmail.com
Tue Nov 17 03:20:13 EST 2009



On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 6:14 PM, slamberton <slamberton at lpi.org> wrote:

> 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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