Knowledge is strength

Partners in Learning brings the benefits of IT to hundreds of thousands of students in the Arab World. Microsoft partners with education ministries to create long-term programmes to realise the benefits of information technology in schools.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  July 31, 2005

Ten education ministries across the Arab World have now signed up for the Partners in Learning initiative to improve the use of information communications technology in schools. The initiative creates partnerships between education ministries and Microsoft to develop a wide range of different programmes that address the need for IT in education in these countries. Partners in Learning agreements have been signed in many countries in the region, including Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Yemen. “Hundreds of thousands of students in the Arab World will have better access to ICT skills training and better opportunities in education thanks to our Partners in Learning agreements with education ministries across the region. These partnerships are expected to make a difference in the lives of the next generation of adults in the region,” says Amna Al-Nakhi, academic programmes and community affairs manager at Microsoft. Partners in Learning, launched globally in September 2003, recognises the educational value of technology in schools. Global in scope and local in implementation, this initiative 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, tailored curriculum development, technical support, and research funds as well as resources to students and teachers. The initiative also includes significantly lower prices for Microsoft's core educational desktop software for students and teachers. Partners in Learning is implemented in conjunction with government agencies, local businesses and local trade associations in each country, as appropriate, to ensure that the program meets the needs of local communities.“Through feedback from our government customers and educators, Microsoft developed the Partners in Learning initiative, with emphasis on sustained investment in technology and training to help students focus on learning and teachers focus on teaching,” Abdullatif Al Mulla, general manager of Microsoft South Gulf says.

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