Algerian youth get a career kick-start with Djazair Ta3mal

Posted by Lyes Lamri, Citizenship Programs Manager for Algeria Youth unemployment in the Arab world is an acute problem and, according to the Arab Labour Organisation, stands at 30% – the highest rate of any region worldwide. In Algeria, it’s not much lower at 24%. There is a deep pool of resources across the region,…

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African students inspire in Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change 2015 competition

Posted by Jeffrey Avina, Citizenship Director for Middle East and Africa I was thrilled to hear that three students from Africa made it through to the final round of the Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change competition this year, with 17-year-old Saviour Okusenogu from Nigeria being named as one of the 10 grand-prize winners. The Challenge…

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Egyptian teachers ready to embrace ICT in the classroom

Posted by the Editorial Team Mark East, General Manager Operations – Microsoft WW Education, recently visited Egypt to meet with government and school leaders to discuss the future of education in the country, and how to solve some of the current challenges. During his visit, Mark was encouraged by several examples of how educators are…

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African innovation leads the way for global citizenship

Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands “Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.” – Bill Gates I am thrilled by the African finalists of this year’s Imagine Cup competition. It’s no secret how innovative African…

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Get behind African developers for Imagine Cup 2013

Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands It’s that time of the year again: the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition season is in full swing, with local finals taking place across the continent.  The competition brings together student innovators from every corner of the globe to showcase their great…

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Imagine Cup: the journey continues

Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer and Platform Evangelist, West, East and Central Africa I can’t believe Imagine Cup 2012 has come and gone again, after months of build-up and excitement. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to be part of the journey and to engage with the talented African teams that made it…

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Guiding Hand: Helping North African Youth To Fulfil Their Potential

By Ghada Khalifa, Citizenship and Community Affairs lead, Microsoft Egypt Working in community affairs in Egypt, particularly in the areas of youth education and job support, has been my passion and privilege for many years. Youth unemployment in Egypt stood at 25% in 2010 and evidence suggests that it has risen in the months since…

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