[LPI-News] LPI and Ma3bar host Open Source "Train-the-Trainer" workshops for Middle East

slamberton slamberton at lpi.org
Mon Jun 7 12:41:59 EDT 2010

LPI and Ma3bar host Open Source "Train-the-Trainer" workshops for Middle

(Sacramento, CA, USA: June 7, 2010) The Linux Professional Institute
(LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org), announced in partnership with Ma3bar
(http://www.ma3bar.org) a series of GNU/Linux "Train-the-Trainer"
workshops for Linux professionals from throughout the Middle East on
June 9-12 and June 14-17, 2010.

The training events will be held at University of Balamand, El-Kurah,
Lebanon. Ma3bar is an Arab Support Center 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.

The workshops are the first in a series of events to develop a network
of Arab GNU/Linux trainers throughout the Middle East.  Participants in
the workshops include IT professionals from such countries as Bahrain,
Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab
Emirates and the Palestinian Territories.  The workshops will prepare
participants to take the necessary exams for their LPIC-1 certification,
provide training on hosting LPI exam labs and instruction in delivering
LPI training materials.  Participants who successfully complete their
LPIC-1 certification will be eligible to become LPI Certified
Instructors (LCI).  Participants in the workshop will also receive an
LPI "Instructors Aid Kit" (including LPI-Middle East Approved Training
Materials, presentations, labs, electronic material, and practice exams)
and membership in Ma3bar's Network of Trainers (upon receiving their
LPIC-1 certification and positive reviews from workshop instructors).

"As the recognized global standard in Linux certification, LPI is
pleased to support regional initiatives that promote the workforce
development of Linux and Open Source professionals.  We congratulate
Ma3bar on this innovative program and look forward to working with their
successful LPI Certified Instructors throughout the Middle East in the
years to come," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of the Linux
Professional Institute.  Mr. Lacey pointed out that LPI also cooperates
with the UNDP's International Open Source Network in the Asia Pacific

A number of seats are still available for qualified participants in the
Ma3bar workshops.  For participants coming from neighboring Arab
countries, Ma3bar will provide assistance and special rates on travel
and accommodation. Please contact workshop at ma3bar.org for further details.

Prior to the initial workshop Ma3bar will also host a Free Software
Conference on June 8, 2010 at the University of Balamand.  Featured
speakers include Feras Abou Chakra, LPI-Middle East Managing Director
and Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation.  Attendance to the
conference is open to the public and free of charge. However,
registration is required.  For more information and registration please
contact fsc2010 at ma3bar.org.

Additional background on the Ma3bar, the Arab Support Center for Free
and Open Source Software, can be found at the following:

* LPI and Ma3bar:

* Ma3bar "Train-the-Trainer" Workshop:

* Ma3bar "Free Software Conference 2010":

* Ma3bar "Launch Event": http://www.ma3bar.org/en/ma3bar-workshop/119

* UNESCO, LPI and Ma3bar:

* UNDP/RBAS/ICTDAR: http://www.ictdar.org/English.htm

* University of Balamand: http://www.balamand.edu.lb/english/index.asp

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 in more than 7,000 testing
locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 245,000 exams and 80,000
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:

Dr. Walid P. Karam
Coordinator, Ma3bar
University of Balamand, Al-Kurah, Lebanon
Tel: +(961) (0) 6 930 250 x 3894
Fax: +(961) (0) 6 930 278
Email: coordinator at ma3bar.org

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

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
slamberton at lpi.org

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