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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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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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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Women bring a unique perspective to tech, says Sharon Harris

Posted by Editorial Team In the spirit of International Women’s Day earlier this month, we are putting the spotlight on some of our inspiring women in tech at Microsoft. Global Sales Strategy Lead, Mobile and Windows Ads In Apps, Sharon Harris, is one of our leading ladies. She shares her passion for technology that can…

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Celebrating women in ICT with Tonia Kariuki

Posted by Editorial Team  In celebration of International Women’s Day, which took place on 8 March, we wanted to profile one of Microsoft’s leading ladies – Tonia Kariuki, the Marketing Director for our 4Afrika Initiative. Tonia loves being a woman in the ICT industry because of its energy and innovative nature. She is a strong advocate…

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Bridging the gender gap and empowering women in ICT

“No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind,” said the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. He was talking about the importance of gender equality, which is something Microsoft takes very seriously, especially in Africa where the gender gap can be wide. It is also an important consideration considering that…

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A look at Youth Month in South Africa

Posted by: Mteto Nyati, General Manager-MEA Emerging Regions, Microsoft The talent and potential of Africa’s youth should throb to the fast beat of the continent’s growth. But the opportunity gap and digital divide still prevents many of the 200 million youths on the continent, aged between 15 and 24, from reaching their full potential. I’ve…

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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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