World-Class Skills Through Technology for Change and Innovation

Event Leaders:

  • Patrick Onwumere, Microsoft 4Afrika
  • Fasil Bekele, Middle East and Africa
  • Djam Bahkshandegi, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands
  • Wanjira Kamwere, Microsoft East and Southern Africa
  • Ivan Lumala, Microsoft 4Afrika
  • Phil Oduor, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands


This year Microsoft is celebrating 20 years of investing in Africa. It has been a mutually beneficial investment, which has contributed to the economic growth of the Continent and the growth of Microsoft on the Continent. As we look ahead to the next twenty years, our goal is to continue to invest in the younger generations to utilise technology to acquire new skills and to turn ideas into opportunities for wealth creation and social well-being, and the older generations to continue to participate and benefit from the current technology revolution.

This workshop will focus on these objectives and will showcase Microsoft's technology platforms and tools for acquiring world class skills for employability, innovation and social impact.

Proposed Agenda:

09:00 – 09:40

Microsoft 4Afrika:

We are looking forward to telling you all about the new seeds we are planting in Africa in 2013. Microsoft has been doing business on the Continent for 20 years, and we're looking forward to sharing our plans with you for what's next.
(Patrick Onwumere)

09:40 - 10:20

Microsoft IT Academy Programme:

Microsoft IT Academy connects students, teachers, employers and local communities through cutting-edge technology skills development. The programme was developed to bridge the gap between education and the real world by empowering students with the IT skills they'll need for college and for a career in today's technology-centred job market. The programme also enables educators by providing the professional development resources they need to be successful in the classroom.
(Djam Bahkshandegi)


Microsoft Shape the Future:

This session will discuss how, through creative Public-Private Partnerships, Microsoft helps governments achieve their broad scale digital access goals - from education reform to creating a 21st century workforce.
(Fasil Bekele)

11.00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:10

Microsoft Education Solutions:

Microsoft's education solutions create real impact by enabling you to transform your learning community for students, staff and teachers and providing creative tools and collaboration technologies along with insightful performance reporting – all on a trusted, familiar IT platform that is cost-efficient to manage and secure.
(Wanjira Kamwere / Ivan Lumala)

12:10 - 12:50

Microsoft Partners in Learning:

Working with school leaders and educators to improve learning experiences through ICT and help students build 21st century skills is the goal of Partners in Learning. This session will cover how Microsoft Partners in Learning programme helps educators and school leaders connect, collaborate, create and share so that students can realise their greatest potential.
(Phil Oduor)

12:50 – 13:00 Closing: Thanks and Feedback
(Patrick Onwumere)


Target Audience:

Policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education and governments.

Prerequisite Knowledge:

Knowledge of eLearning and ICT-supported education.

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