Microsoft has local potential

Microsoft Middle East & Africa has joined hands with Arab and international non-governmental organisations, to build and help manage community technology learning centres (CTLCs) in various countries around the region.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  October 17, 2003

Microsoft Middle East & Africa has joined hands with Arab and international non-governmental organisations, to build and help manage community technology learning centres (CTLCs) in various countries around the region. The Unlimited Potential programme, which the software giant will be discussing at today's show, aims to expand the reach of IT education to the disadvantaged.

"In the next three months, 26 community technology learning centres (CTLCs) will be launched across the Middle East region by Arab and international non-governmental organisations with the help of Microsoft, giving free access to technology education to more than half a million disadvantaged individuals around the region," says Emre Berkin, vice president, Microsoft Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA).

The local initiative is part of global effort announced by Microsoft earlier in the year. The total Microsoft Community Affairs fund is worth around US$8.1 million in cash and software.

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