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  • Blog Post: Partnering With Microsoft to Transform Education in Africa

    Guest Post By Claire Ighodaro CBE Independent Director, British Council As a British Council Trustee, I was proud to announce a new international education and training partnership with Microsoft this morning, at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum 2011 in Washington DC. The partnership...
  • Blog Post: Getting Africa connected: Topics on the table at WEF

    Posted by Fernando de Sousa General manager, Africa Initiatives at Microsoft This week, Cape Town is hosting the World Economic Forum for Africa (WEF) and I’m lucky enough to be attending. The WEF covers almost 30 different topic areas that together hold the key to Africa’s continued and...
  • Blog Post: Shaping a better future for Africa

    Posted by Samba Guissé Education Lead, Microsoft West and Central Africa Region You might have read about the report Microsoft commissioned last month - ‘ Opportunity for Action’ - released by the International Youth Foundation. It highlighted the different sorts of ‘opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating 10 years of Partners in Learning

    By Djam Bakhshandegi, Corporate Citizenship and Partners in Learning West East Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands On the 10 th of September 2013, Microsoft’s flagship education programme, Partners in Learning (PiL) , celebrated its 10 year anniversary. We celebrated 10 years of helping...
  • Blog Post: Malawi 2.0: Back to make a difference

    Posted by John Nielsen GM, EMEA Customer Service and Support Around this time last year , I accompanied a team of ten Microsoft engineers from the EMEA Customer Service and Support team to Blantyre in Malawi to help launch the Malawi Learning Partnership . We installed a network to connect four...
  • Blog Post: Rural Technology Lab Launched in Mali

    Posted by Matt Berg ICT Director, Millennium Villages Project To demonstrate the critical role technology can play in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty, the Earth Institute, Columbia University has partnered with Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Community Technology...
  • Blog Post: Rural KwaZulu-Natal school connects the dots in world-first teaching trial

    Posted by Larry Venter Senior Director of Retail Solutions for Microsoft Worldwide Just under a year ago I was fortunate enough to do a tour of Lakeside Park Primary in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal. During that tour the headmaster told me of the struggle that the foundation phase children have in learning...
  • Blog Post: Opening Namibia’s first Microsoft IT Academy

    Posted by Warren La Fleur Senior Business Development Manager, Microsoft East and Southern Africa Namibia recently held its first-ever National Conference on Education at which the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Hage Geingob, called upon the private sector to engage and invest in education as...
  • Blog Post: Worldwide Innovative Educators Forum leading the way for teachers

    Posted by Sarietjie Musgrave Head of ICT Innovation in School Education at the University of the Free State, South Africa The sixth annual Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (WWIEF) kicks off today in Cape Town with a visit to schools in the area that are leading the way in new and exciting teaching...
  • Blog Post: International Women’s Day

    Posted by Cheick Diarra Chairman for Africa African women from all walks of life have demonstrated capabilities and potentials that extend far beyond producing food and raising children. Given their central role not only as mothers and caregivers, but also as farmers and informal traders among others...
  • Blog Post: Digital Access in the Developing World Becomes a Reality Through Partnerships

    Posted by Anthony Salcito Vice President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft Originally posted on Microsoft on the Issues One of the profound privileges of my job is that, every year around this same time, we host the Partners in Learning Global forum – this is the Olympics of innovative education...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Citizenship efforts in Africa acknowledged at 2011 African Business Awards

    Posted by Mteto Nyat i and Hennie Loubser Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa and General Manager, Microsoft WECA respectively Since 1992, when we opened our first office in Africa, we have actively worked to help individuals, communities and nations across the continent thrive and grow. Fuelled...
  • Blog Post: Horn of Africa Crisis

    By Brad Smith , General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs It has been over two months since famine was declared in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, leaving 12.4 million people in need of emergency aid. Every day over 1,500 famine-stricken Somalis arrive in...
  • Blog Post: Inspiration at the Imagine Cup

    Posted by Aben Kovoor Director of Developer & Platform Ecosystem Group, Middle East and Africa, Microsoft It’s amazing how a little imagination and forward thinking can change the world. Where would we be today without advances in medicine like the MRI, technology like PCs and the Internet...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft leads the transformation of South Africa’s IT industry

    Posted by Mteto Nyati Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa Microsoft South Africa has just received the nod from the South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry indicating that it is now a Level 2 Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) contributor. What this really means, is that the local subsidiary...
  • Blog Post: How Africa can become the next Bric

    Posted by Cheick Diarra Chairman for Africa It was with great interest that I recently read an opinion article in the Financial Times on How Africa can become the next Bric , authored by Jim O’Neill, the chief economist at Goldman Sachs, who originally coined the ‘Brics’ acronym...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s 2011 Corporate Social Investment Report: One Microsoft, One Africa

    Posted by Djam Bakhshandegi Citizenship and Partners in Learning Program Manager in Microsoft’s West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands region Since we opened our first African office in 1992, our work has been fueled by both a passion for this continent, and a belief that technology...
  • Blog Post: Africa’s Pioneers in Education

    Posted by Zeid Shubailat Education Director, Microsoft Middle East and Africa Last week, nearly 100 educators, experts and school administrators gathered in Mombasa, Kenya for the third annual Pan-African Innovative Education Forum. We thank our generous hosts and partners at the Aga Khan Academy...
  • Blog Post: Where Have Africa's Future Builders Gone?

    Posted by Louis Otieno Regional Director, Business Development & Strategy for Microsoft Africa Original source: This is Africa - Where Have Africa's Future Builders Gone? "Young people around the world are facing an emerging opportunity divide between those who have access to a good education...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s YouthSpark turns one - and gets ready to target more African youth

    By Djam Bakhshandegi, Corporate Citizenship and Partners in Learning West East Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Microsoft’s Partners in Learning isn’t the only initiative to celebrate an anniversary this year. On the 23 rd of September 2013, Microsoft’s global YouthSpark...