Global Give Back Circle featured at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

This week the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting is taking place in New York. The CGI website describes this event as a meeting that “brings together a diverse group of the world’s most distinguished leaders from government, business, and civil society to examine today’s most pressing global challenges and transform that awareness into tangible…

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Beyond the PC: Helping governments do more with technology

At the Centre Africain d’Etudes Supérieures en Gestion (CESAG), a prestigious regional school of management for West and Central Africa, Microsoft introduced an ICT training program for government leaders and decision makers.     CESAG is located in Senegal, a country making headway in the ICT field. Senegal has been increasing its investment in ICT, jumping…

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UNESCO & Microsoft join forces to promote greater access and use of ICT for higher education enhancement

Last week in Paris close to 100 ministers of education, senior education officials and policy advisors attended the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE) followed by the Microsoft Education Leaders Forum. The WCHE is focusing on critical issues around reduced funding for education globally as a result of the economic crisis and the need…

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Capturing the Interest of Students and Motivating Them to Succeed

For many years before I joined Microsoft I taught in secondary schools in the UK. One of the most important initiatives I became involved in was to increase the relevance of education to capture the interest of our students and ultimately motivate them to succeed.  I am happy to say that this challenge continues on…

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VOTE! Imagine Cup People's Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award website for this year’s Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Cairo is up and running! To make it easy for you to vote, we have published videos from all of our software design finalists online.  Every single student who entered the competition focused on how they could use technology to solve some of…

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How do people engage with PCs for the first time?

Given that most of us have encountered PCs from the time we were in school or college, it may be difficult to think of what it was like to discover the PC for the first time! But most adults in countries like India are new to PCs, and usually view it as a rather intimidating device.  …

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How to reach rural, non-electrified classrooms

The Unlimited Potential Group in the Middle East & Africa has been hard at work for more than 6 months to introduce ICT for the first time to a rural school in the village of Ha-Tumo, 30 kilometers outside Lesotho’s capital city, Maseru.   Working with the Lesotho Ministry of Education & Training and technology…

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What Schools in Burkina Faso, Senegal & Mali Can Teach UP

A year ago, the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Group in the Middle East & Africa started a series of pilots in Francophone West Africa, to introduce small-notebook PCs into schools in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mali.    Each pilot used Microsoft software running on 50 low-cost, low energy-consumption laptops (Intel-powered Classmate PCs in Burkina Faso and…

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Made in India to transform education worldwide

Indian concept, global appeal Recently Microsoft India has experienced two very welcome “returns”. The first returnee was Amit Mital, an Indian working at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond as global head of Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Group. The second was MultiPoint, a technology which, while conceived and designed in India and now very popular in other parts of…

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