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Microsoft Partners in Learning and the British Council have formed a five-year partnership to help transform education quality and access around the world.

This partnership will aid teachers in preparing students with the knowledge and skills they need for life and work in the 21st century.

Over the next two years, Microsoft and the British Council will each invest $1 million plus staff and in-kind resources to the partnership’s first project, which will build 80 digital hubs at schools in Sub-Saharan Africa, powered by Windows MultiPoint Server. This program will be designed and delivered through engagement with national education policies and enabled by professional development for school leaders and teachers.

  • In total, the project expects to train over 20,000 teachers and school leaders, and provide more than 100,000 learners and communities with digital access, giving them critical skills for work and life.
  • Initial countries to benefit from the investment are Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. The digital hubs will be supported by solar power and long-range Wi-Fi where necessary.
  • Thousands of Teacher Ambassadors will be trained in how to use ICT effectively in the classroom for innovation in teaching and improved learning outcomes.

The project was inspired by similar work already underway in Africa by the British Council, and 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, serving 24,000 students in Haiti.