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Egypt's Ministry of Education ties up with Microsoft

The Egyptian Ministry of Education plans to rollout Microsoft desktop software to all its supervised schools.

The Egyptian Ministry of Education is partnering with Microsoft to supply all its supervised schools with the software giant’s desktop software.

Microsoft will also invest in other IT initiatives including the establishment of the Middle East Educational Centre of Technical Excellence and the Junior Developer programme.

“Our mission is to enhance and improve education in Egypt and information technology is crucial for the development of education in Egypt,” comments Dr. Hussein Bahaa el-Din, Egypt’s Minister of Education.

“To fulfil our mission, we must exert every effort to adopt the latest technology which addresses the needs of schools, improves educational services and equips our children to compete in the global community,” he adds.

The Middle East Educational Centre of Technological Excellence will be established at the Ministry of Education’s City premises to provide teachers and students with training and certification on Microsoft software. The centre will also act as a regional focal point for educators and policy makers to share and replicate optimal techniques.

The Junior Developer initiative aims to tap into Egypt’s wealth of programming skills. The project hopes to produce a cadre of young Microsoft-based developer talent.

According to Emre Berkin, vice president of Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa and regional manager for Middle East and Africa the joint initiatives will drive the level of IT awareness and adoption in Egypt.

“This agreement confirms the commitment of the Ministry of Education to embrace Information Technology and establish a new young generation of software developers. By using technology to enhance educational services for Egyptian students, it is aggressively investing in the creation of tomorrow’s IT industry leaders,” he adds.

Microsoft is also supporting the ministry other projects that include a Smart School and Productive School initiatives.

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