In response to this significant challenge, and as a demonstration of its ongoing commitment to education and learning, Microsoft has launched a new global initiative called Partners in Learning.
Under Partners in Learning, Microsoft is partnering with Government, Ministries of Education, and other key stakeholders to offer a spectrum of education resources—tools, programs, and practices—to empower students and teachers to realize their full potential.
• Partners in Learning Grants Program - provides investments to create a sustainable model for improving the use of technology in teaching and learning.
• Fresh Start for Donated Computers - provides primary and secondary (K–12) schools with Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows 2000 licenses for donated PCs at no charge.
• School Agreement Subscription Licensing Program - an annual subscription licensing agreement offers academic pricing and reduced administrative costs for K-12 schools.
In addition, Partners in Learning provides eligible* primary schools with the opportunity to receive even lower pricing for Microsoft Office XP Professional and Windows XP Professional Upgrade licenses through their Microsoft School Agreement.
WSIS action lines related to this activity: Theme 1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Theme 2. Information and communication infrastructure
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 5. Building confidence and security in use of ICTs
Theme 6. Enabling environment
Theme 7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
Theme 8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
Related MDGs: MDG 1. Eradicate poverty and hunger
MDG 2. Achieve Universal Primary Education
MDG 3. Promote gender equality & empower women
MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
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