Microsoft signs MoU with Lebanon

The government of Lebanon and Microsoft Eastern Mediterranean have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which aims to bring long term education programs under the vendor’s 'Partners in Learning' global initiative.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  April 14, 2004

The government of Lebanon and Microsoft Eastern Mediterranean have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which aims to bring long term education programs under the vendor’s Partners in Learning global initiative. The agreement covers grades 1-12 in all public schools in the country and will cover Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education for students, along with upgrading teachers’ skills, software, help desk services and other resources for Lebanese schools. In partnership with the Ministry of Education, Microsoft and its education partner in Lebanon, Eduware, will implement Partners in Learning for the next four years, helping more than 2,000 teachers and half a million students in public schools. “We have entered into this agreement with Microsoft to ensure that our public schools teachers, students and school leaders have access to computers and training, thus helping in narrowing the skills gap in ICT as well as the quality of life, economic development and competitiveness of our future labour force in the country,” says His Excellency Minister Samir El Jisr from Ministry of Education. Microsoft’s Partners in Learning initiative, launched globally in September 2003, provides a significant investment of software and more than US$253 million in cash grants worldwide over the next five years to deliver ICT skills training, technical support, research funds and resources to students and teachers. “We are excited about working with the Lebanese Government and educators to address Lebanon’s challenges and to continue advances in education and learning, ” says Neil Holloway, VP for sales, marketing and services in Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). For Lebanon, Microsoft and the Ministry of Education together with NTC Eduware will work to localise and adapt the Microsoft develop ICT curriculum for schools in the country. Plans to establish seven IT Academy Centers around the country, which will provide training for teachers over four years are also under way said the software vendor. As part of the Partners in Learning program, Microsoft will also implement the ‘Fresh Start’ for donated PCs program, whereby Microsoft provides free Windows Operating System for PCs that have been donated to schools, besides educational discounts and free upgrades for schools through a special school’s licensing agreement. Support services for schools will be provided through a special help desk that will be set up in collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Microsoft, and a leading university. Up to 20 universities IT students will be provided with training on for Microsoft professional qualifications to help them run a help desk from the university.

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