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Soft skills and good teachers are just as important as tech in the classroom
Posted by Editorial Team Technology is clearing the way for better and more effective education solutions. But it can’t replace the ‘essentials’ of good education. This was the focus of Area Director of Education for Microsoft Middle East and Africa, Mark Chaban, when he attended...
19 Oct 2015
Egyptian teachers ready to embrace ICT in the classroom
Posted by the Editorial Team Mark East, General Manager Operations – Microsoft WW Education, recently visited Egypt to meet with government and school leaders to discuss the future of education in the country, and how to solve some of the current challenges. During his visit, Mark was...
4 Jun 2015
Education, innovation and collaboration: ONE DROP and Microsoft share sustainability message
The world’s population has tripled over the last century, while water use has multiplied by seven. In Africa alone, there are 358 million people who don’t have access to water. However, simply providing access to water is not the end game. To achieve long-term sustainability, the first step...
4 Jun 2015
Millions of African Students Vie for Tomorrow’s Jobs Today, thanks to Office 365 ProPlus
Posted by Warren H. A. La Fleur, Regional Manager, Education Industry for Microsoft West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Across the African continent, growing evidence suggests that learning by using technology is essential to deliver good academic results and to supply a tech savvy...
24 Mar 2015
Bridging the gender gap and empowering women in ICT
“No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind,” said the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. He was talking about the importance of gender equality, which is something Microsoft takes very seriously, especially in Africa where the gender gap can be wide. It is also an important...
11 Mar 2015
A look at Youth Month in South Africa
Posted by: Mteto Nyati, General Manager-MEA Emerging Regions, Microsoft The talent and potential of Africa’s youth should throb to the fast beat of the continent’s growth. But the opportunity gap and digital divide still prevents many of the 200 million youths on the continent, aged between...
30 Jul 2014
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...
8 Jul 2011
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...
29 Sep 2011
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...
23 Mar 2011
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...
16 Aug 2011
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...
8 Nov 2011
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...
27 Oct 2010
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...
8 Mar 2011
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...
6 Dec 2012
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...
8 May 2013
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...
31 May 2012
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...
20 Sep 2013
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...
19 Sep 2012
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...
10 Mar 2011
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...
2 Aug 2010
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...
29 Jun 2011
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...
27 Sep 2010
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...
6 Mar 2012
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...
1 Sep 2010
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...
21 Sep 2012
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