Microsoft aims to create new opportunities in education

Published Date
09 - Jun - 2008
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09 - Jun - 2008
 
Microsoft aims to create new opportunities in education

Microsoft announced a renewed investment of USD 20 million in the education space over the next five years and stated that its mission for education is to empower people to realize their social and economic potential through technology

Microsoft announced a renewed investment of USD 20 million in the education space over the next five years. The company has also renewed its commitment to the chapter of Partners in Learning, its global program that provides the education community with resources and training that can allow students, teachers and institutions to reach their full potential. Microsoft’s stated mission for education is to empower people to realize their social and economic potential by enabling access to quality education experiences for all through technology.

At a global level, Partners in Learning has leveraged the transformative power of software to touch the lives of more than 100 million students, teachers and education policymakers in 101 countries. In the first phase of Partners in Learning so far has been Project Shiksha - which has created a unique milestone by training more than 240,000 government school teachers between 2003 and now.

In the next phase of Partners in Learning, Microsoft will aim to address national education priorities by partnering with governments and introducing a focus on three core programs: Innovative Teachers, Innovative Students and Innovative Teachers will aim to provide educators with tools, forums and resources that build communities of practice, support collaboration and access to quality content, and challenge them to integrate ICT into teaching and learning in a meaningful way. The flagship program, Project Shiksha, will continue to impart IT training to teachers and educators. The immediate aim will be to train another 50,000 teachers in IT skills in the next year.

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