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Lagos, Microsoft turn schools to IT Academies

By Emmanuel Elebeke
When the  Fashola led administration of the Lagos state government, some months ago embarked on a massive rehabilitation of public schools, many people thought it was a mere rehabilitation scheme aimed at giving a new facelift to the affected schools.

Cross-section of school children at a forum on cybercrime during Microsoft's MISSPIN event in Lagos.

But only quite a  few knew that the governor was on the verge of laying a foundation stone for an IT and knowledge driven youths through a partnership with the global software giant, Microsoft

Perhaps that was with a firm belief that a good and conducive learning environment will prepare the students to be well knowledgeable and skilled to attain higher economic growth and productivity as well as becoming self-reliant.

To achieve this, the state government set up three government bodies charged with the responsibility of realizing the dream. They include:  the state’s Ministry of Education, SUBEB Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board and Special Committee for Rehabilitation of Public Schools ( SCRPS ).

The Governor  realizing the value of partnering with Microsoft, and the value the partnership will bring to State engaged the software company for establishment of its academy in the rehabilitated schools.

The Microsoft IT Academy will be implemented in all 3 pilot schools commissioned by the governor last week and will provide  World Class Microsoft Official Curriculum along with many other free features that the Partnership will bring.

As part of the deal, Deux Project Limited, in partnership with Microsoft and its local support group will  provide laptops with Microsoft academy software and a training package for the Agidingbi junior and senior secondary school.
Managing  Director  of Deux Project Limited, Dr Tunji Olowolafe who was present at the commissioning programme did not hide his support for the  initiative.

Speaking on the collaboration, Development Platform Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Ken Spann, said  “The Microsoft IT Academy programme offers an affordable solution to deliver high quality affordable ICT education created just for schools, which  include curricular that can be used in the classroom to supplement students’ individual learning needs”.

The Microsoft IT Academy program, according to him  will be of strategic importance in revolutionizing learning in Lagos state because of its profile.

It is a program designed for accredited academic institutions worldwide. The program provides educators with tools they need to effectively train students on Microsoft technologies, prepare students for the global economy, and then create a skilled community.

The program is particularly useful in our environment where training resources are scarce.  The students will benefit from the curricular, courseware and online learning the program offers. The schools and teachers would benefit as well from the available curricular that can be used in the classroom or to supplement students’ individual learning needs.


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