LPI announces new African affiliates

By   |  October 11, 2007

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the largest independent Linux skills certification institute, has announced several new affiliates in east and central Africa.

"These two new affiliates are indicative of the growing importance of Linux and open source software both in the field of education and IT capacity development in Africa," said John Meaney, LPI area operations manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Meaney noted that there was significant interest in the region in Linux professionalism and that he was involved in ongoing discussions with other potential affiliates for the Middle East and Africa.

In Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania the LPI will be represented by the East African Centre for Open Source Software (EACOSS). EACOSS is an IT training centre devoted to promoting the development of open source IT professionals in the East African region. The centre is based in Kampala, Uganda at the Uganda Institute of Information and Communication Technology.

"The adoption of Linux in East Africa as well as migration from proprietary platforms to OSS platforms has always been hampered by the absence of skilled and qualified personnel within the region," said George Lule, managing director at EACOSS.

He said he expected the affiliation with LPI would see "a substantial increase in qualified IT personnel – and assure employers, clients and other stakeholders that they are entrusting their OSS based IT infrastructure to professionals who meet an international skills standard."

Championing LPI in Nigeria will be Lifeforte, located in Ibadan it is a member of  the Association of International Schools in Africa and recognised as one of Africa’s foremost private, junior and high school establishments.

Olubi Johnson, Lifeforte International Schools chairman, described the LPI training and certification as "a solid foundation for competence and relevance in both general computer literacy and the ICT profession".

"Introducing the LPI program into our high school and university curriculum will educate and empower the whole younger generation concerning open source software and accelerate the shift from compulsory, expensive, proprietary software to having the choice of open source.

"This, in turn, will make the acquisition and application of computers much more affordable and widespread – leading to tremendous intellectual and economic development in developing countries, like Nigeria, and others in the West African sub region."

Since the program’s inception, LPI has delivered more than 155 000 exams and more than 47 000 LPI certifications in 7 000 locations around the world.

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