Bahrain Ministry of Education signs Microsoft tech agreement
Ministry of Education extends deal with Microsoft for learning programs
The Bahraini Ministry of Education has signed a new agreement with Microsoft, to provide three technology programs to schools in the Kingdom.
The Education Transformation Agreement, which builds on existing agreements, is a five year agreement that is intended to transform learning, further innovation and develop employment skills for the 21st century.
The Microsoft Education Transformation Agreement was signed by His Excellency Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Naimi, Minister of Education and Sherif Tawfik, country general manager for Microsoft in Bahrain and Oman, in the presence of Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education, Microsoft Corporation and Samer Abu Ltaif, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf.
Under the agreement, 209 schools in Bahrain will benefit from the three programs. The programs include learning transformation to equip schools with resources and knowledge needed to adopt technology education and access to services like Office 365; further innovation to encourage school administrators, educators and students to innovate in using technology in learning and teaching; and developing skills for employability, which will provide training programs, curriculum and certifications for students and educators to acquire 21st century skills to better utilize technology in building the workforce of tomorrow.
"Our mission in the Ministry is to keep our education system upgraded to cater to the changes our society witnesses and to activate its role in building the Bahraini people's future abilities," said HE Dr Al-Naimi. "We understand the importance and value of technology in primary and secondary education and seek to jointly - with Microsoft - improve both the access to and the use of ICT for the support of the teaching and learning process as well as for empowering every student with the 21st century skills."
Sherif Tawfik, country general manager for Microsoft in Bahrain and Oman added: "At Microsoft, we believe that the economic competitiveness of every market depends in large measure on how effectively their educational institutions engage, inspire and prepare all students to learn and to innovate.
"Throughout the past decade, we have witnessed the great reform efforts of the Ministry of Education in Bahrain in the education sector in Bahrain. We are pleased to sign a new five year Education Transformation Agreement which is designed to foster educational development and success both now and throughout our continuing relationship, long into the future."