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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Esther Olatunde - from the slums to software developer

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-OZsy3ryTw&feature=youtu.be:0:0]   Esther Olatunde This Ajegunle-born youth became a software developer with the help of a Microsoft YouthSpark programme Growing up as a timid young girl with a low self-esteem in one of the most notorious slums in the suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria, Esther Olatunde could easily have become a miscreant (popularly known as ‘agbero’) or…

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Microsoft’s YouthSpark turns one - and gets ready to target more African youth

By Djam Bakhshandegi, Corporate Citizenship and Partners in Learning West East Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Microsoft’s Partners in Learning isn’t the only initiative to celebrate an anniversary this year. On the 23rd of September 2013, Microsoft’s global YouthSpark programme officially turned one. Over the past 12 months, we’re proud to say that this…

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Levelling the playing field with the 4Afrika Scholarship Program

By Patrick Onwumere, Director of Youth Enablement, Microsoft 4Afrika For students around the world, no matter background or location, access to quality education can be challenging. In Africa, it’s usually even tougher.  And, when it comes to obtaining a tertiary level qualification, the barriers to entry can seem insurmountable to many young Africans. These barriers…

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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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African women: breaking down the barriers of entry to the tech industry

Posted by Djam BakhshandegiCorporate Citizenship and Partners in Learning West East Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands  Empowering women through education and technology is essential to the economic development of any country. In Africa, the gap between the educated population and the one that has never had the opportunity to go to school is even…

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Digital Access in the Developing World Becomes a Reality Through Partnerships

Posted by Anthony SalcitoVice President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft Originally posted on Microsoft on the Issues  One of the profound privileges of my job is that, every year around this same time, we host the Partners in Learning Global forum – this is the Olympics of innovative education. All of the participants (nearly 500 educators from…

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