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Success in Orphanage N9 of Ufa

Russia | Cisco Networking Academies for Public Service (CNAPS) Program | 2 Apr 2012






Success
Russian statistics say that more than half of children who grew up in orphanages don’t become successful in their life and don’t contribute to the society. Many of them abuse alcohol, get involved in criminal activities, don’t hold a job and wind up in prison. That’s why the Russian Government is interested to involve orphanage children in Information Technologies and develop their interest and IT skills to help them to transition from institutional life to professional careers.

Overview
Russian statistics say that more than half of children who grew up in orphanages don’t become successful in their life and don’t contribute to the society. Many of them abuse alcohol, get involved in criminal activities, don’t hold a job and wind up in prison. That’s why the Russian Government is interested to involve orphanage children in Information Technologies and develop their interest and IT skills to help them to transition from institutional life to professional careers.

There are a lot of children in Ufa orphanages. They are orphans or neglected children whose parents lost their parental rights. These children should have opportunities to gain computer skills that will help them in their future professional and social life just like regular kids who live with families.

The orphanage had computers, however the children were not able to use them as the computers needed to be set up and installed with appropriate software. There was no IT-specialist in the orphanage, who could help.

CNAPS volunteers, Pavel Nogothkov and Zhanna Kononovish, who had successfully finished the “CCNA Discovery” course, chose this orphanage as a location for their volunteer IT project. They set up the computers, installed software, cabled the computers into a local network and connected networking equipment.

Now the children have a true opportunity to practice their computer skills and start important IT-education that can be useful in their lives. The CNAPS volunteers realize the importance of their work and their attitude to volunteering and charity work. “Participation in the CNAPS program helped them to get a sense of public duty and constructive citizenship”, says Arcady Danilov, the CNAPS Coordinator in Cisco Networking Academy in the city of Ufa.