Microsoft Partners in Learning creates opportunities

Microsoft Partners in Learning Creates Opportunities
We believe that education is the single most important investment in the future of individuals, communities, nations and the world - that it is vital to sustainable social and economic success. It is also a fundamental human right. The reality is that education globally faces a crisis: a crisis of resources, of time and of support. Governments need help. School leaders need help. Teachers need help. Students need help.

That's where Microsoft Partners in Learning can lend a hand. We help teachers and school leaders connect, collaborate, create and share so that students can realise their greatest potential. We have the tools and the technology to help teachers do what they do best: teaching kids and growing young minds. Microsoft Partners in Learning is a 10-year, almost 500 million dollar, global initiative aimed at improving teaching and learning. Since 2003, we've led the way in partnering with teachers, helping more than 8 million teachers and reaching more than 190 million students in 114 countries in our first seven years alone.

In South Africa, we have trained over 31 000 teachers and school leaders on ICT integration to enhance teaching and learning, having an impact on nearly 4 million learners. Over 800 trainers from the Department of Education and our education partners have been trained to roll out, scale and sustain the Partners in Learning programme in support of meeting the objectives set out in the White Paper on e-education, the Guidelines for Teacher Training and Professional Development in ICT, the National Policy Framework for Teacher Education and Development in South Africa and the Quality Learning and Teaching campaign.

We believe that technology is simply a tool that, when used appropriately in an educational context, can help improve teaching and learning. But technology is only one piece of a larger solution supported by peer-coaching, professional development for school leaders and teachers, and the innovations in teaching and learning being led by teachers on the ground, every day.