Microsoft and MoE push for educational reform

Sign a Memorandum of Understanding to raise levels of ICT literacy among country’s youth

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  March 12, 2009

The UAE Ministry of Education, with the help of Microsoft Gulf, is pushing for an education reform in schools across the country that focuses on raising levels of ICT literacy.

As part of the Partners in Learning initiative, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by H.E. Dr. Haneef Hassan Ali, minister of Education and Mark East, managing director of Microsoft Gulf’s Education Division at the 2009 Gulf Education Forum.

Reflecting the importance of technology education in primary and secondary schools, the MoU will see schools, government and partners equipped with the resources, training and expertise necessary to prepare students for a bright digital future.

“The strategic objective of the agreement is to develop a successful education based society with high-quality educational services across all levels. Putting technology to work for people throughout the country will enable us to strengthen our economy and create greater opportunities for young people to fulfil their dreams,” said H.E. Dr. Haneef Hassan Ali, minister of Education.

The agreement Microsoft and the Ministry will also organize an annual competition for students titled ‘Imagine Us’.

“Together with the Ministry of Education, we hope to make a positive impact on the education sector in the country by using ICT as a tool to empower students and teachers and transform education,” commented Mark East, managing director, Education Division, Microsoft Corp.

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