Rwandan entrepreneur pioneers One Laptop Per Teacher program

“We can’t teach tomorrow’s children the way we taught yesterday.” Her father was a mathematician. Her mother was a teacher and member of the Ministry of Education for over 10 years. And now Nadia Uwamahoro, co-founder of GiraICT, is making her mark on local education. Her goal? To put computing devices into the hands of…

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Three trends impacting education policy across the Middle East and Africa

By Heba Ramzy, Director, Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Although schools around the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region are only just coming to the end of the academic year, many governments have been taking stock for much longer and considering what is required to ensure positive learning outcomes when the new year begins. From the…

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How to keep up productivity when freelancing, with cloud computing

Jonah is a young freelance designer. In true millennial fashion, he’s dipping his toes into the ‘gig economy’ and has several projects on the go for various clients. Jonah doesn’t have an office, and instead chooses to work remotely, whether from his clients’ offices, from a café or from his kitchen table. Good time management…

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Working 9 to 5 no more: How the gig economy is changing the workplace

By: Isabell Scheuber, General Manager, Marketing & Operations, Microsoft Middle East & Africa Here’s a story about thousands of young people across the Middle East and Africa. For the sake of this story, we’ll call them ‘Ahmed’. Ahmed is a 23-year-old graduate in Egypt. He’s only been working for a year, but by following his passion…

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Ali Faramawy chats about tech, creativity and teamwork at TeenTech Global Youth Summit

Can technology transform society and help shape our future? Ali Faramawy, President of Microsoft Middle East and Africa, is ready to answer to this question at the TeenTechSF Global Youth Summit this Saturday, 5 December. The event will be livestreamed to over 1400 students around the world, so be sure to click on this link…

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Soft skills and good teachers are just as important as tech in the classroom

Posted by Editorial Team Technology is clearing the way for better and more effective education solutions. But it can’t replace the ‘essentials’ of good education. This was the focus of Area Director of Education for Microsoft Middle East and Africa, Mark Chaban, when he attended the Innovation Africa summit in Uganda. With almost 200 million…

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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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There’s no limit to what you can achieve as a woman in ICT, says Somtochukwu Ochuba

Posted by the Editorial Team  In the spirit of International Women's Day on 8 March, we are speaking to some of the inspirational women at Microsoft. Somtochukwu Ochuba is one of our MACH's (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) in Nigeria. After spending 2014 as a 4Afrika intern in Nigeria, she has now moved on to…

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IT skills give Mauritian NGO’s the tools they need to make a real impact

Guest blog post by Lindsay Pointu, e-Inclusion Foundation We live in a fast-paced digital era where new technology comes into play every day. For any organisation to flourish, it is essential that it incorporates this technology into its workings to improve productivity and efficiency – and NGO’s are no exception. NGO’s in Mauritius play an…

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Mariam Abdullahi: Always hungry to learn and make an impact in ICT

Posted by the Editorial Team Microsoft had many reasons to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, thanks to the strong women occupying some of the lead roles in the company. One of those women, Mariam Abdullahi – the Mobile Devices Lead in East Africa – explains her early interest in ICT and says that in…

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