At Microsoft 2011 Partners in Learning Global Forum, Microsoft announced the collaborations with the U.S. Department of Education, British Council and the Smithsonian.
"Microsoft and the British Council have each committed $1 million (U.S.) to the partnership's first project, which will build 80 digital hubs at schools across Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda using Windows MultiPoint Server."
"The project aims to train over 20,000 school leaders and teachers and provide more than 100,000 learners and communities with digital access, while promoting literacy throughout the region."
"The project was inspired by similar work already underway in Africa by the British Council and by a commitment that Microsoft and other partners made at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010 to build labs powered by Windows MultiPoint Server in 40 "lighthouse" schools in Haiti, serving 24,000 students," reveals Microsoft.
"Talented educators are critical to ensuring that students are better prepared to compete for the higher-skilled jobs demanded by today's economy. To help fulfill the growing need for educators in the United States, Salcito announced that Microsoft will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Education to support a campaign aimed at inspiring and recruiting young people to enter the teaching profession. As part of this, Microsoft is assuming overall management of the TEACH website," Microsoft said.
"In the coming months, Microsoft will be taking the lead in developing a coalition of private-sector companies and other key organizations to further support the campaign and will be moving the site to teach.org."
Microsoft's new five-year partnership with the British Council, will increase quality and access in education and training around the world.