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Mauritian educator rewarded during Microsoft E ² Educator Exchange

Mauritian educator rewarded during Microsoft E ² Educator Exchange

Sachita Jeeta, a Mauritian teacher, is among 60 educators of 40 different countries to have been awarded during the Microsoft E ² Educator Exchange 2015 in the United States, upon demonstrating innovative ways to create a project using Microsoft technologies in their respective fields. (Image:Company)

Sachita Jeeta, a Mauritian teacher, is among 60 educators of 40 different countries to have outdone herself during the Microsoft E ² Educator Exchange in 2015, in the United States. These educators were rewarded for showing innovation in their respective domains as well as during competitive workshops for which they worked to create a project using Microsoft technologies around themes such as bravery, courage and leadership.

“ICT has a leading role to play in bridging the gap which emerges in the developing world in term of opportunities,” said Djam Bakhshandegi, Corporate Social Investment Lead for Microsoft West, East, Exchange Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.

He added: “We have to guide the youth of today towards the education, skills and opportunities which will allow them to prosper in this hyper-connected era, and  teachers have to be at the heart of this initiative. The effective use of technology in the classroom is particularly important in Africa while we prepare future graduates to be competitive compared to the rest of the world.”

Sachita Jeeta, Microsoft Innovative Educator in Mauritius, underlined: “I am always in search of new experiences, new ways to integrate ICT into the classroom – from the creation of worksheets by using Microsoft tools, adoption of game-based learning and creation of a website dedicated to resource sharing between educators. In the end, it is a question of finding innovative ways to give life to new methods of teaching and learning using technology. I think that Microsoft takes extraordinary efforts to gather educators around the world, which allows us to collaborate and share our knowledge and experiences to create a better  teaching and learning environment, thanks to technology.”

This year, Student Ambassadors of Microsoft were also invited to the conference, and they rose to the challenge of demonstrating the knowledge acquired during their participation in this program.

The main objective of the E ² Educator Exchange was to reward and celebrate teachers who teach their students to survive in this challenging 21st century.

“The educators who won today proved that they are the best in their domain – they demonstrated that they can adapt new technologies to solve problems similar to those of other countries,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President at the Worldwide Education of Microsoft.

Anthony added, “Now, we look forward to seeing not only how they are going to share what they learnt during the conference, but also how they will use this knowledge to improve the results of learning.”

E2 is a member of the Microsoft initiative in Education, which proposes a series of development programs to fill the gaps between IT skills and innovative education. These programs based on Microsoft tools go further than traditional learning methods because they offer a platform for exchange and collaboration.

Since 2003, Microsoft has trained more than 10 million educators and touched lives of more than 200 million students worldwide.

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