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Rwanda and Microsoft’s partnership to transform education

East Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

Rwanda and Microsoft’s partnership to transform education. PHOTO: Wikipedia

Rwanda has entered into a partnership with a global information technology giant, Microsoft, which will see the country’s learning systems transforming.

Warren Lafleur, Head of Education West, East & Central Africa at Microsoft , told CNBC Africa, that the choice of country was dependent on a couple of things such as leadership and strategic direction a country was taking.

“Rwanda’s ambitions are aligned very strongly with things we are looking at developing in Africa like developing human capital that has strong ties to economic growth,” he said.

“We believe in the notion in the mobile-first, cloud-first world.”

He added that when it comes to digital devices, the type people used was necessarily the issue, for Microsoft, saying it was the experience the group was trying to promote in improving learning experience.

“Learning in Africa needs to be transformed, if you think about the kinds of jobs that coming out in the 21st century, many of them don’t exist as yet,” he said.

“If you focus on creating access to the school system and rich immersive learning through technology and building capacity between teacher-community experiences that allows self-discovery, you can create a fantastic ecosystem that empowers and transforms.”

Nkubito Bakuramutsa, adviser to the Minister of Education weighed in saying Rwanda was building a knowledge based economy.

“Most of Rwandans being in rural areas, we are pushing in terms of ICT and education, and by 2017 we would have covered the entire country,” he said.

“We want schools to be the central part of the community where students are able to learn based on skills, interests and competencies. We are happy to work with a global ICT giant such as Microsoft.”

Bakuramutsa said the IT education sector was a billion dollar business and encouraged small business enterprise to start deploying content and providing support.

“The ministry of education is looking at outsourcing some of the support at district level through partnerships between big corporations and small companies.”