Education in technology

More than 300 employees of the Ministry of Education have completed a range of training courses to make the most of information technology.

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By  Angela Prasad Published  August 9, 2005

More than 300 employees of the Ministry of Education have completed a range of training courses to make the most of information technology. The Workers were offered several different training courses appropriate to their working roles. The training, which was carried out by Microsoft Learning Solutions Partner Compubase, covered the fundamentals of computing and key Microsoft applications including, Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and Outlook, and their usage in the workplace. “By providing the Ministry’s staff with training in important IT skills, we give them an understanding of technology, so that they can work better and be more prepared as the UAE enhances and increases the use of technology to educate our next generation of students,” says Abdullatif Al Mulla, general manager at Microsoft South Gulf. The training program was carried out ahead of training for teachers in the UAE, which will begin in September. The Partners in Learning initiative was launched in the UAE in October 2004, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Education and Microsoft. The global initiative provides a significant investment of software and cash grants over the next five years to deliver ICT skills training and technical support to the IT environment at school level. Partners in Learning initiative functions in conjunction with government agencies, local businesses and non-government organisations. “Microsoft is proud to have been able to bring this opportunity to the staff of the Ministry of Education. We are committed to enabling teachers and students to achieve their fullest potential by providing for comprehensive IT skills development and education, and it makes sense to extend this commitment to those who work with UAE educators at the Ministry. We look forward to enhancing our relationship through the ongoing Partners in Learning initiative,” Amna Al-Nakhi Microsoft’s academic programs and community affairs manager.

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