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Ethiopia partners with Microsoft to transform education

Ethiopia partners with Microsoft to transform education.

Microsoft and the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia have signed an Education Transformation Agreement as part of Microsoft's Shape the Future initiative.

The programme aims to promote inclusive digital access, encourage innovative and creative thinking, develop critical 21st century skills, and build the capacity of local teachers, according to the technology company.

Microsoft says learning institutions in Ethiopia will receive access to tools, online learning programs certification programs for educators, support and consulting services along with affordable licensing options as part of the initiative.

Microsoft has signed similar agreements in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Botswana and Namibia.

Dr. Kaba Urgessa, State Minister for Higher Education in Ethiopia says the Education Transformation Agreement will help the government refine and implement a national ICT in Education strategy. "Our economic competitiveness as a country depends on how our schools and universities use ICT to prepare students for the modern workplace. The agreement will ensure that our technology investments are used to support our broader national education goals."

Ali Faramawy, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Middle East and Africa at Microsoft, said, "When bringing ICT into Ethiopian classrooms, our focus will be on aligning our education programs with industry requirements and employer demands. Localised content and empowered teachers play a crucial role in this. While ICT can indeed have a profound impact on student learning, that impact needs to be mediated by other factors, including educators."

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