LPI and Ma3bar host Open Source "Train-the-Trainer" workshops for Middle East

Posted by scottl on Jun 8, 2010 8:04 AM EDT
Linux Professional Institute; By Scott Lamberton
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The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced in partnership with Ma3bar a series of GNU/Linux "Train-the-Trainer" workshops for Linux professionals from throughout the Middle East on June 9-12 and June 14-17, 2010.

The training events will be held at University of Balamand, El-Kurah, Lebanon. Ma3bar is an Arab Support Center for Free and Open Source Software established by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Balamand, Al-Kurah, Lebanon.

The workshops are the first in a series of events to develop a network of Arab GNU/Linux trainers throughout the Middle East. Participants in the workshops include IT professionals from such countries as Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and the Palestinian Territories. The workshops will prepare participants to take the necessary exams for their LPIC-1 certification, provide training on hosting LPI exam labs and instruction in delivering LPI training materials. Participants who successfully complete their LPIC-1 certification will be eligible to become LPI Certified Instructors (LCI). Participants in the workshop will also receive an LPI "Instructors Aid Kit" (including LPI-Middle East Approved Training Materials, presentations, labs, electronic material, and practice exams) and membership in Ma3bar's Network of Trainers (upon receiving their LPIC-1 certification and positive reviews from workshop instructors).

"As the recognized global standard in Linux certification, LPI is pleased to support regional initiatives that promote the workforce development of Linux and Open Source professionals. We congratulate Ma3bar on this innovative program and look forward to working with their successful LPI Certified Instructors throughout the Middle East in the years to come," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute. Mr. Lacey pointed out that LPI also cooperates with the UNDP's International Open Source Network in the Asia Pacific (http://www.lpi.org/eng/about_lpi/what_s_new/lpi_and_iosn_int...)

A number of seats are still available for qualified participants in the Ma3bar workshops. For participants coming from neighboring Arab countries, Ma3bar will provide assistance and special rates on travel and accommodation. Please contact workshop_at_ma3bar.org for further details.

Prior to the initial workshop Ma3bar will also host a Free Software Conference on June 8, 2010 at the University of Balamand. Featured speakers include Feras Abou Chakra, LPI-Middle East Managing Director and Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation. Attendance to the conference is open to the public and free of charge. However, registration is required. For more information and registration please contact fsc2010_at_ma3bar.org.

Additional background on the Ma3bar, the Arab Support Center for Free and Open Source Software, can be found at the following:

* LPI and Ma3bar: http://www.lpi.org/eng/about_lpi/what_s_new/lpi_and_undp_une...

* Ma3bar "Train-the-Trainer" Workshop: http://www.ma3bar.org/call-for-participation-gnulinux-train-...

* Ma3bar "Free Software Conference 2010": http://www.ma3bar.org/en/free-software-conference-2010

* Ma3bar "Launch Event": http://www.ma3bar.org/en/ma3bar-workshop/119

* UNESCO, LPI and Ma3bar: http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=29301&URL_DO=DO...

* UNDP/RBAS/ICTDAR: http://www.ictdar.org/English.htm

* University of Balamand: http://www.balamand.edu.lb/english/index.asp

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages in more than 7,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 245,000 exams and 80,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of comprehensive, top-quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux professionals. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

About Ma3bar:

"Ma3bar" is the Arab Support Center for Free and Open Source Software. Since its inception by UNDP-ICTDAR, UNESCO, and the University of Balamand, the center strives to disseminate Free and Open Source software as a philosophy and culture in academia and Arab societies. Ma3bar is committed to contributing to social and economic development in the Arab region by promoting the use and development of Free and Open Source software, and by developing and conducting training programs on such software, to ensure that more Arab communities have affordable access to information technologies.

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