Partnership Between NetCom Learning and BRAC USA Sets Goal of Opening Over 30 Preprimary Schools in Bangladesh

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Initiative focuses on girls education in developing countries, celebrates the “love of learning”

NetCom Learning, a leader in IT, business and executive training, has announced a partnership with BRAC USA, the US affiliate of international development group BRAC, to provide education for boy and girls in BRAC schools in Bangladesh, targeting communities in poverty.

The Love of Learning is part of the Learning Movement of Russell Sarder, the CEO of NetCom Learning, who is originally from Bangladesh, while BRAC is the world’s largest private, secular education provider.

NetCom Learning has long aimed to promote the values of lifelong learning as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative. To create this program, NetCom Learning is partnering with BRAC USA, a nonprofit organization that works to reduce poverty, for girls and women especially, and help individuals create better futures for themselves and the communities in which they live.

NetCom Learning and BRAC USA expect to be able to raise funds to open more than 30 new preprimary schools for children in Bangladesh in the next few months thanks to clients and partners in the Love of Learning program.

As of mid-2012, BRAC operates 38,400 primary and pre-primary schools in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uganda, and the Philippines. It specializes in quality, low-cost “second chance” schools for children left behind by formal schools systems due to poverty, displacement and discrimination.

Although including both boys and girls, the make-up of BRAC schools is majority female due to BRAC's understanding that girls and women are most likely to bring change to developing communities. BRAC is likely the world's top implementer of “the girl effect.”

The Love of Learning is tied to class registrations at NetCom Learning. For every technical course registration that occurs with a prepaid price of $2,000 or more, NetCom Learning contributes funding for a child's education for a year in a developing country.

BRAC, founded in Bangladesh in 1972, is one of the world’s top-ranked charities.

BRAC’s founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, has spoken in favor of reform of public education systems in developing countries, replacing outdated approaches such as rote memorization with methods that teach children to think for themselves, including social and emotional learning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

“I believe we can reform public education systems in developing countries and replace these outdated approaches - and that we can do so in a cost-effective manner, while still adhering to the principle of ‘access for all,’” Sir Fazle Hasan Abed has said. “When it comes to educating the next generation of global youth, access and quality need not be mutually exclusive. Lessons can be drawn from my native Bangladesh.”

"NetCom Learning would like to invite everyone to join with us in promoting and celebrating this Love of Learning initiative," said Russell Sarder, CEO of NetCom Learning. "Our purpose is to promote lifelong learning around the world, and every student that signs up for a class is helping us to make this possible. We want to get everyone educated and on the road to lifelong learning."

About BRAC

BRAC, a development organization founded in Bangladesh in 1972, is a global leader in creating opportunities at scale as a means to end poverty. With more than 100,000 employees, it is the world's largest nongovernmental organization, touching the lives of an estimated 126 million in 11 countries using a wide array of antipoverty tools such as microfinance, education, healthcare, legal rights training and more. BRAC USA is a US affiliate created in 2007 to advance and support BRAC's global mission.

About NetCom Learning

NetCom Learning is an innovative leader in IT, business and executive training to companies, individuals, and government agencies. Since its inception in 1998, NetCom Learning has trained over 80 percent of the Fortune 100, serviced over 45,500 business customers, and advanced the skills of more than 71,000 professionals through hands-on, expert-led training, with the organization maintaining an average instructor evaluation score of 8.6 out of 9. NetCom Learning was recognized by Microsoft Corporation as its Worldwide Training Partner of the Year and named thrice to Inc. Magazine's list of fastest growing private companies in America. The organization was also recently named to the 2012 Top 20 IT Training Company by and was named "Company of the Year" by the American Business Awards.

The purpose of NetCom Learning is to promote the values of lifelong learning.

About Love of Learning

The Love of Learning Program is a recent initiative of NetCom Learning working in tandem with BRAC USA. The program is funded by NetCom Learning donations based on the number of prepaid class registrations. The program was created by NetCom Learning's CEO Russell Sarder for whom the promotion of learning is a passion. The promotion of lifelong learning guides company actions on a daily basis. As Russell Sarder puts it, "Promoting the values of lifelong learning is not a marketing gimmick, it is part of our DNA, it is how we we operate the business on a daily basis." The success of the Love of Learning Program over such a short period of time is a testament to the the success of the company and the overwhelming desire to promote education. Russell chose to accomplish this goal with BRAC USA due to its commitment to helping individuals around the world through education and other programs. Susan Davis, CEO of BRAC USA recently participated in the nationwide Learning Movement through an interview for Sarder TV, a collection of videos with top industry and educational experts who discuss the importance of learning, and the methodology for personal and organizational success.

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