By Emeka Aginam, in Cape Town, South Africa
With the active participation of SchoolNet Nigeria and one Nigerian teacher, educators around the world are currently competing for a chance to win one of 12 worldwide innovative education awards at the ongoing Microsoft partners in learning Worldwide Innovative Education Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.
With this development, no fewer than 500 teachers, school leaders, education stakeholders and media from more than 75 countries are currently brainstorming at the ongoing 6th annual event holding for the first time in the African soil.
The forum is the centerpiece of Microsoft’s global US$500 million Partners in Learning programme, which helps teachers and school leaders to use technology as a tool for innovative teaching and learning. The Innovative Education Forum sponsored by global software giant, Microsoft has created an opportunity for educators to show their talents in innovative education.
Meanwhile, Teachers from many countries of the world including Nigeria, Brazil, Singapore, Australia, Eastern and Western Europe, the US among others are currently engaging in competition to win one of 12 global Innovative Education awards to celebrate their best practices in the classroom.
Highlights of the event includes exhibitions by all the schools and teachers present, as well as a technology showcase. Learning from the best the world has to offer, more than 20 high-profile speakers are currently sharing their views and experiences on how best to position global education system to survive the 21st century challenge.
In his remarks, Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Microsoft Public Sector Education while commending the educators who came various countries urged the teachers to use technology to make a difference in their students so that they can gain the skills needed to face the challenge ahead.
“I encourage you to get to know peers this week, compare notes, discuss best practices and learn from one another. This is great event that will hopefully build lasting memories and lifetime friendships” he said.
For Mteto Nyati, Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa, with better education, skills development and development of innovation mindset, African will better placed to participate in the global knowledge economy, noting that in the education space in Africa, partners in learning, Microsoft’s comprehensive training and resource platform for teachers and schools- annual seeds innovation in the education systems of 22 African countries primitively influence over 4 million learners and educators. Microsoft will also be hosting visits to schools around Cape Town to showcase local technology solutions and the challenges facing schools in the region.