Cisco Awards World Learning In-Kind Donation


CONTACT: Kathryn Schoenberger in Washington DC, 202 464-6979

Washington, DC (June 3, 2014)

World Learning will be able to strengthen and expand its internet technology systems thanks to a recent in-kind equipment donation from Cisco Systems with a suggested retail value of $92,697.88.

“I am delighted that Cisco continues to work with World Learning on our IT requirements,” said President and CEO Donald Steinberg. “Having high-quality technology enables us to continue our work implementing education, exchange, and development programs around the globe."

The equipment will provide important upgrades to World Learning’s firewall and phone systems.   The firewall improvements will enhance computer network protections and allow the organization to increase network access in the field. The phone system update will replace the current technology with a new Cisco virtual system.

“Cisco is proud to support World Learning’s mission and programs via this technology donation, which will help them increase their network security and expand access for their field staff, as well as providing them with the latest Cisco telephony,” said Peter Tavernise, executive director of the Cisco Foundation. “Our goal is to help nonprofits like World Learning increase the efficiency and effectiveness in both their internal operations as well as program delivery. We hope this grant will help World Learning’s IT infrastructure to be more robust, reliable and scalable.”

The donation builds upon World Learning and Cisco’s collaborative work on information communication technology training and education around the world. The two have a global partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development known as the Supporting Technology and Entrepreneurship Leader with Associates Award Program. Projects implemented through this partnership include the ICT Networking Skills Development Pilot in Myanmar, and the ICT Networking and Entrepreneurship Skills Development Project in Mexico, both of which establish Cisco Networking Academies to provide ICT training.