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A first in Africa and Middle East: Dubai host the Microsoft Education Global Forum

A first in Africa and Middle East: Dubai host the Microsoft Education Global Forum

The Microsoft in Education Global Forum is a flagship event for Microsoft, as it provides an opportunity for education stakeholders to collaborate, and discuss needed change in their own countries, schools and communities, providing real impact for better learning outcomes, and prepare learners for work and life. (Image: Microsoft)

Microsoft Education Global Forum hosted a two day educational forum on the 22nd and 23rd February at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai, which is a first in Africa and Middle East

This two-day forum, presented an opportunity for Education stakeholders from around the world to discuss how technology can address key challenges in education for the 21st century.

The forum gathered Education stakeholders to discuss Education Transformations in relation to workforce and as an enabler for competitiveness and Economic growth.

The key discussions over the two days included the latest innovations in teaching and learning.

Moreover, it also focused on innovative practices using technologies that can help drive rich learning experiences and highlight the achievements of teachers and schools from around the Middle East and Africa, as well as India, who are successfully using technology to engage their students and prepare them for the future.

The Microsoft in Education Global Forum is a flagship event for Microsoft, as it provides an opportunity for education stakeholders to collaborate, and discuss needed change in their own countries, schools and communities, providing real impact for better learning outcomes, and prepare learners for work and life.

A representative of the Ministry of Education and a teacher from Mauritius, as well as a representative of the Ministry of National Education of Madagascar, and two representatives of the Ministry of Education of Seychelles attended this Global Forum.

Furthermore, the Vice President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft, Anthony Salcito who delivered the opening speech at the event said that “the Global Forum in Dubai is an opportunity for education professionals to discuss how technology can address key challenges in education for the 21st century.”

“The forum has explore the transformation of education, considering the roles of industry trends such as mobility, cloud, and access and learning analytics in solving key challenges,” he said.

He further added, that there has been a rise in youth unemployment globally and to tackle that problem head-on, Microsoft programs like YouthSpark work with governments and NGO is globally to empower young people to do more and achieve more by expanding their access to Computer Science education.

In addition, the General Manager of Regional Microsoft Gulf, Samer Abu Ltaif said that “Microsoft continues to advocate for the integration of technology into the education system and has partnered with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other governments in the Middle East and Africa region to equip schools, teachers and students with smart learning solutions such as Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 8 devices equipped with education apps.

“The Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Dubai provides a platform for sharing ideas on how to make technology accessible for all students and teachers in the region. It is no doubt that technology has transformed learning experiences forever, and at Microsoft, we remain committed to helping educators leverage technology to equip students with the skills they need to prepare learners for work and life,” he asserted.

More than 450 education leaders, school leaders and teachers from the Microsoft Innovative Educators program, and leading Showcase Schools from over 35 countries will participate in this event.

In addition, to 15 of the top global and regional Education technology partners. It will also feature a vibrant speaker program, which includes elites from UAE Ministry of Education, leading education figures and Microsoft executives.

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