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Microsoft is doing IT for the kids

Microsoft is to give school kids in Yemen free software as part of its Partners in Learning global initiative.

Microsoft is to give school kids in Yemen free software as part of its Partners in Learning global initiative. For every PC donated for use in schools, Microsoft will provide a free licensed copy of its Windows 98 or 2000 operating system.

The company this week this week signed a deal with Yemen’s Ministry of Education which will see a number of different programmes introduced to help develop IT education in schools. As well as the free OS software, Microsoft will offer schools free upgrades to Windows and reduced pricing on other Office software.

The deal is part of Microsoft’s global Partners in Learning programme, and follows similar deals in Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Lebanon. As well as providing the software, Microsoft will also work with the Ministry to develop an IT curriculum for school children and to set up Microsoft IT Academies across the region, to help train and support teachers. Community technology learning centres will also be set up, the company said.

“We are very pleased to sign this important agreement with Microsoft,” said the Education Minister in Yemen, A.D. Abdul Sallam Mohamed Al Jawfy. “This programme will ensure that our teachers, students and school leaders have access to the highest standards of IT education, which will enable our young people to develop the IT skills they will need when they enter the job market.”

“Partners in Learning supports our long-term vision for the education marketplace, empowering teachers and students to achieve their fullest potential by providing for comprehensive IT skills development and greater access to the latest computer technologies,” said Amna Al Nakhi, academic programmes manager, Microsoft South Gulf.

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