Nigeria: Microsoft, British Council Commit U.S.$2 Million to 80 Digital Hubs in the Country
At the just concluded Microsoft's Partners in Learning global forum 2011 held in Washington DC, the software giant in partnership with the British Council have each committed $1 million to build 80 digital hubs at schools across Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda using Windows MultiPoint Server.
Partners in Learning is a 10-year, nearly $500 million commitment by Microsoft to help education systems around the world. Since its inception in 2003, the Partners in Learning program has reached more than 196 million teachers and students in 114 countries.
The capacity building project is expected to train more than 20,000 school leaders and teachers and provide more than 100,000 learners and communities with digital access, while promoting literacy throughout the region.
The project, it was leanrt was inspired by similar work already underway in Africa by the British Council and by a commitment that Microsoft and other partners made at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010 to build labs powered by Windows MultiPoint Server in 40 lighthouse schools in Haiti, serving 24,000 students.
The software giant's partnership with the British Council would combine the assets of both organizations to nurture the use of information communications technology for innovative practice in teaching and learning in order to equip millions of students with the knowledge and skills they need for life and work in the 21st century.