Microsoft, British Council Donate $1 Million Each To Train Educators in Africa

Software giant Microsoft has announced a new partnership with the British Council, under which the two organisations will provide technology based training to teachers in Africa.

The Windows maker said that both Microsoft and the British Council had committed to donate $1 million each for the new project.

Under the partnership, the two organisations are planning to open 80 digital hubs in schools across Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. The learning hubs, which will be based on Microsoft's MultiPoint Server technology, are expected to provide training to 20,000 teachers and give digital access to 100,000 students.

The partnership was announced at the Microsoft 2011 Partners in Learning Global Forum, which has notable members like U.S. Department of Education, the British Council and the Smithsonian Institution, which implements technology based learning projects across the globe.

"I welcome our new partnership with Microsoft, which will enable us to create opportunities for millions of educators and students around the world," said Martin Davidson, chief executive, British Council.

"By working together to harness technology for education and training, we can make a powerful contribution to preparing young people throughout the world for life and work in the 21st century", he added.

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