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CNAPS Coordinators’ Working Meeting in Moscow

(October 31 - November 2, 2011)

Russia | Cisco Networking Academies for Public Service (CNAPS) Program | 2 Nov 2011

Ten coordinators of CNAPS Academies from ten regions of Russia have arrived in Moscow to participate in three-day working meeting: discuss the results of the first program year, share their valuable experiences, and develop the strategy of program implementation in the second year.

First day the participants focused on the first program year results. They told about their achievements and challenges and paid special attention to volunteering. The highlight of this day was the Best Volunteer IT-Project “contest” that Liudmila Samsonova organized for the coordinators. Each CNAPS coordinator had to present one of their most successful IT-projects and after that all ten coordinators had to vote for one best project. The “contest” was won by Olga Alexeeva, Yaroslavl. Olga presented the project of the young program participant, Ivan Panfilov, who had connected two computer classrooms with administrative and teachers’ network and provided Internet access to all of them. Ivan also created DHCP server to provide IP-addresses in the network. Other projects were also significant and interesting and all the participants were greatly inspired by them.

The second and third days the coordinators developed the strategy for the second project year implementation: how to draw new program participants, search public serves institutions, get partnership with businesses and local authorities. They also discussed an issue of sustainability, their living after completing the program.

“The precious value of this meeting is that we had a chance to share our experiences with each other” – says Salaudin Umarhadzhiev, coordinator in Grozny.

“At the end of the working meeting we thanked all the participants for their work and zeal. We appreciate what our colleagues do and believe that words of praise, and encouragement will serve as an inspiration for even better job”, - says Liudmila Samsonova, CNAPS coordinator in Moscow.

After the meeting the coordinators made a strong decision to continue their collaboration, share their experiences, and help each other implement the program.