Microsoft, Lagos partner on IT Academy programme

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Microsoft Nigeria has partnered Lagos State Government on Information Technology training for students of Agidingbi Junior and Senior Secondary School.

The state government recently inaugurated new model blocks in the school in an attempt to modernise public education in the state.

The Microsoft IT Academy, according to information made available to our correspondent, will be implemented in all three pilot schools and provide the World Class Microsoft Official Curriculum along with many other free features that this Partnership will bring.

Deux Project Limited, in partnership with Microsoft and its local support group, is providing laptops with Microsoft academy software and a training package for the Agidingbi Junior and Senior Secondary School.

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

The Microsoft IT Academy programme will be of strategic importance in revolutionising learning in Lagos state because of its profile.

It is a programme designed for accredited academic institutions worldwide. The programme 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 programme 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 will benefit as well from the available curricular that can be used in the classroom or to supplement students‘ individual learning needs.

Deux Project Limited will be responsible for the overall management of the new IT Academy. The organisation will work closely with Microsoft to ensure that this Academy is ready and operational by ensuring that all hardware and software requirements are met and that the schools‘ teachers are fully ICT trained.

According to the Project Director, Deux Project, Dr. Walter Olatunde, ”We are proud to partner Microsoft on this laudable objective. We will ensure that both students and staff get access to the best technology available.”

The Microsoft IT Academy will provide over 175 e-Learning courses to students wanting to advance their software knowledge. Microsoft will provide free email and collaboration tools as part of the Microsoft IT Academy.

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