Before the SBP Networking Academy was formed on the 28th of May, 2019, there were only 2 students enrolled in the CISCO NetAcad program in all of eSwatini. As we come to the anniversary of our first year as a NetAcad, we are proud of how far things have come.
The mission of our organization has always been to have a positive generational impact in the Kingdom of eSwatini. We are doing that by developing the human capital necessary for eSwatini to join the 4th Industrial Revolution. Over this year our seven instructors have helped us provide 9 of the 25 classes that our academy is certified to offer. So far we have issued 35 certificates of completion to the 167 students in our academy. In our second year as an academy we are working towards adding 3 new certification courses.
Since 1997 Cisco has trained nearly 10 million people globally. We are becoming one of 11,400 academies in 180 countries around the world. Our accreditation as an academy enables us to offer 21st century digital skills which will prepare Swazis for the 4th Industrial Revolution and become creative problem solvers with the knowledge to control their futures.
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In February 2017 our team began working with Cisco Networks to become a licensed Cisco NetAcad. In August of 2018 we continued dialogue and planning with CISCO in Johannesburg, South Africa. By March of 2019 we spent 10 days in Cape Town receiving basic training and certification in running a CISCO NetAcad.
We were proud to announce that as of the 28th of May 2019 we officially received our credentials and certification to be a Cisco NetAcad!