Microsoft celebrates 10 years in Namibia by pledging continued support of IT and innovation in the classroom

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Microsoft celebrates 10 years in Namibia! A lot has changed in the world of information technology and the Internet over the last 10 years. However, what has remained unchanged is Microsoft’s commitment to provide scalable technology to educators, students and schools across Africa and in Namibia. As an organization, the company believes in the power of technology to transform the education sector and bridge the digital divide in Africa. It is precisely for this reason that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed for the next 13 years with Namibia’s Ministry of Education to develop access to technology in school.

Speaking during a media breakfast organized at the Microsoft Namibia offices, Warren La Fleur , Senior Business Development Manager said, “In the 10 years that Microsoft has operated in Namibia, much of it has been done through our high skilled and qualified partner network. Together we have assisted, developed and provided information technology for our clients. Helping them make the right software and hardware decisions to grow their business in a sustainable and economically sound manner. This close contact with the customers through our channel partners has meant that we know and understand the needs of the customers, but also of Namibia, from a information technology perspective.”

Jürgen R. Weiss, Managing Director of Salt Essential IT also present at the media breakfast said; “Being a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner and implementing their world renowned IT-solutions has meant that we as a local ICT service provider have been able to maintain a competitive edge in Namibia and really add value to our customers.Through our partnership with Microsoft, we have built our competencies to a level where we can deliver the latest in the world of technology right here in Namibia.”

Information Technology is the backbone of modern society and through the implementation and innovative use of technology, Namibia will be able to gain and maintain an economic competitive edge. It is for this reason that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed with the Ministry of Education to create a framework that will help to innovate Namibian education. This Memorandum will run until 2013, with Microsoft and the Ministry of education working together.

The MOU reinforces the investements already made by Microsoft Namibia through its Partners in Learning (PiL) programme that has seen more than 8000 teachers trained in basic ICT skills and 640 Educators certified as Master Trainers. These Master Trainers will now share their knowledge and train others.

“We strongly believe that for countries to bridge the digital divide in Africa and in Namibia, something tangible needs to be done. Private enterprises like Microsoft, local business partners and Governments can form alliances and really make a difference through Private Public Partnership programmes. We are very pleased to be partnering with the Ministry and truly believe in the impact that this will have on the Namibian teachers, students and schools in general.’ Says Warren La Fleur, Senior Business Development Manager, Microsoft East and Southern Africa.

Microsoft is using its 10th anniversary to underscore its dedication and pledge its commitment to continue investing in Namibia.

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