Microsoft Invests USD 250 mln into "Partnership in Education" Program
At the Prague session of the Annual Global Forum of "Partnership in Education", Microsoft announced its intention to continue supporting educational programs. The company plans to invest $250 mln into "Partnership in Education" program. Over the last 15 years Microsoft invested a total of $750 mln into various educational programs. The money invested by Microsoft will be used to support teachers who use innovative instructional methods, and will allow to increase the number of program participants to 20 million people.
Speaking at the Forum Bill Gates once again stressed how important it was for his company to support education initiatives. "Many of us have had great teachers, and they helped us achieve success," Mr. Gates said. "This is why I am proud of the "Partnership in Education" program that supports teachers with innovative approaches to teaching. We had opened this program some 10 years ago, believing in the right of each person to education and thinking that it was one of the most important sphere for investment into our common future. Today this is important like never before, and I am glad to see our unwavering support of innovations helping students and teachers improve their potential."
"Partnership in Education" is a Microsoft program created for organizing cooperation with educational institutions and state bodies of education, helping high school and university students achieve success in life, using innovative educational practices and modern digital technologies.
"Partnership in Education" Program supports teachers using innovative approaches in education, providing them with necessary resources and technology to teach their students new and important skills of the 21st century: working with information, getting involved in creative projects, and assessing their progress in learning and working. These skills will help them be competitive on the workforce market, and in the end, render positive influence on world economy.
Russia has been participating in the "Partnership in Education" Program since late 2003. During this time more than 1 million teachers and 250,000 students completed their training in this program. Microsoft plans to increase the number of participants in the program to 20 million by 2018, and expects to expand the list of countries joining the program. As of today, the program is being supported in 199 countries of the world.