PROGRESS & ACCELERATED CHANGE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
The PACT program helps developing countries around the world accelerate change in their young leaders through teaching them technology. Our vision is that these seeds will bear abundant fruit in the future.
Last year we started a program at the Foundation of the World called Progress & Accelerated Change through Technology PACT. The program is four-day training taught by Subject Matter Experts from the IT industry in the areas of VoIP, Network Security, Virtualization and Professional Development. Our experts come from Cisco in the USA and Cisco Network Academy alumni native to Haiti. The idea is to work with a group of 25 students at a time and train them in all four areas over the course of four days. On the final day, the participants will shadow at different tech companies in Haiti.
The critical component is the participants spending most of their time learning through laboratories & exposure in each of the areas listed below. Therefore, the knowledge gained is practical:
Voice Over Internet Protocol
Meraki Cloud Networking
The Shadowing Day is designed to help the participants identify and explore career options by observing the working environment and meeting with professionals in areas of interest.
One of the keys to Haiti's future is the development of its tech industry; a High-Tech Revolution. Haiti's internet penetration rate is currently at 12.8% (U.S. Census Bureau - 2016) compared to the U.S. at 88.6%. Internet penetration is positively affected by the literacy rate within a country. The youth (15-24 years) literacy rate in Haiti (2008-2012) is around 72%, Haiti's highest to date.
ICTs are vectors of economic and social transformation. By improving access to services, enhancing connectivity, creating business and employment opportunities, and changing the ways people communicate, Haiti can start its revolution. The participants we help will be leaders of that revolution through jobs, innovation and sharing their knowledge with others.
The PACT program is at the forefront in developing leaders in Haiti's growing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Information Technology (IT) Industry. The program generated interest from over 150+ participants last year in conjunction with sponsorships from six tech companies in Haiti.
Combine savvy business positioning, a large and competitive workforce, and some of the most beautiful, unspoiled beaches in the Caribbean and Haiti is poised to take off! Haiti has a large and multilingual labor force; geographical and cultural proximity to major North American markets; recent investments in crucial infrastructure, including two undersea fiber optic cables providing high-speed connectivity; attractive labor costs as salaries and mandatory contributions are one of the most competitive in the nearshore region.
Lastly, help change the world and give these bright leaders their chance!