Mauritius attends Microsoft’s Global Forum 2014 to give ICT a head-start
The Partners in Learning (PIL) Global Forum attracted around 1,100 top education leaders, school leaders, educators, press, government officials, partners and sponsors from more than 97 countries.
The Microsoft in Education Global Forum 2014, which took place recently in Barcelona, Spain was well attended by representatives from the island economy.
With a combination of speeches, announcements, demonstrations, and more to promote the best practices in innovative education, the Partners in Learning (PIL) Global Forum attracted around 1,100 top education leaders, school leaders, educators, press, government officials, partners and sponsors from more than 97 countries.
Anil Saccaram, Primary School Teacher at ‘Beau Séjour’ Government School and Rajiv Kumar Aukhojee, Head Teacher of Sir Abdool Razack Mohamed State Secondary School, represented Mauritius as Expert Educator Microsoft and Mentor Microsoft respectively.
Thanks to his innovative game titled ‘Country Mouse and Town Mouse’, Saccaram was selected for the PIL of Microsoft, which aims to help educators and school leaders connect, collaborate, create, and share so that students can realize their greatest potential.
“I was constantly plagued by the thought that I was going to meet people from countries with top-level expertise, and I was afraid of not being able to adapt to their work temperament as well as their IT tools,” he said.
“But, in fact, we are on the same wave length, thanks to Microsoft,” he added.
However, according to the Microsoft Expert Educator, Mauritian teachers are still reticent to work with IT tools, as they are afraid of not being able to use technology efficiently.
“Mauritius is moving forward, but slowly,” Saccaram said.
According to Rajiv Kumar Aukhojee from Sir Abdool Razack Mohamed State Secondary School, “Teachers have to take the technology train. If they miss it, they will remain alone on the quay.”
For his part, the latter wants to become the ‘facilitator’ for teachers who are not at ease with technology.
“We have to supervise the teachers and coach them on how to use these technologies,” he said.
To solve this problem, Sir Abdool Razack Mohamed State Secondary School has put forward an assistance counter to help school teachers who do not know how to use tablets.
Furthermore, Sir Abdool Razack Mohamed State Secondary School has always prioritized innovation, moving from Innovative Pathfinder to Microsoft Mentor School and now Microsoft Office 365.
Incidentally, Office 365 is powered by the cloud, and enable users to get access to applications and files from virtually anywhere.
“This will enable student who are not able to attain classes to follow their courses from home and thus be able to start again without any trouble once they get back to school,” Aukhojee mentioned.
“School exists to train 21st century learners, who are tomorrow`s citizens. It is necessary to supply them with the necessary tools to develop their capabilities, because it is the children of today who will become the leaders of tomorrow,” he concluded.