Tunisian govt. launches FOSS training programme

By   |  June 18, 2010

The Tunisian Ministry of Communications has linked up with Linux Professional Institute to certify more than 2,000 IT students in Linux and free and open source technologies. And that’s just the start.

The government of Africa’s northernmost country is launching the LPI training and certification programme as part of a wider project aimed at skilling-up 20,000 graduates as IT professionals.

The program was announced during the signing of a partnership agreement in Tunis, Tunisia with ministry officials and the LPI’s affiliate in the region: LPI-Maghreb.

The program’s first goal is to certify the 2,300 students in Linux and FOSS. The students will be trained in all three levels of LPI’s certification program: LPIC-1, LPIC-2 and LPIC-3.

“We are pleased to be part of the presidential project in Tunisia which has a goal to certify 20,000 graduates as IT professionals. The government’s recognition of our program demonstrates the growing importance of Linux and open source software in both the enterprise and public sector,” said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

Sonia Ben Othman, CEO of LPI-Maghreb, said that the first training session of LPIC-1 would begin on June 21.

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