E-learning for Education Ministry staff

Ministry of Education staff enhance IT skills with Microsoft education courses as part of the Partners in Learning initiative.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  August 10, 2005

More than 300 Ministry of Education staff have successfully completed a range of training courses to become more familiar with leading Microsoft applications and learn how to make the most of information technology. Dr Shaikha Al-Shamsi, assistant undersecretary for curricula and Amna Al-Nakhi academic programmes and community affairs manager for Microsoft South Gulf, presented ministry staff from Abu Dhabi and Dubai with certificates to acknowledge their achievement at a ceremony last week. The ministry staff were offered several different training courses appropriate to their working roles, and between them completed a total of 731 courses. “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, 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. The training sessions took place from the end of April until mid-July and were conducted at Compubase’s Abu Dhabi office and at a dedicated training centre that was set up by Compubase at the Ministry of Education’s Dubai premises. The training programme was carried out as part of the Microsoft Partners in Learning scheme, which was launched in the UAE in October 2004, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Education and Microsoft. This 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 also includes significantly lower prices for Microsoft’s core educational desktop software for students and teachers. The scheme is implemented in conjunction with government agencies, local businesses and non-government organizations in each country, as appropriate, to ensure that the program meets the needs of local communities. “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,” Al Nakhi adds.

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