Microsoft: Youth Spark finances digital education

Microsoft announced the allocation of 75 million dollars as an investment in educational programmes which implement the digital knowledge of the young. Much effort will be focused on Africa and developing countries, as the positive experience of Gayaza High School in Uganda demonstrates.

Microsoft invests in technological know-how

During the most recent Innovation Africa Summit, a meeting that unites experts and operators in the educational and ICT sector, Microsoft confirmed that the Youth Spark project, active for three years, will be reinforced. This is an investments programme with which the Mountain View company makes a concrete commitment to improving the “technological education” of young people in more than 100 countries around the world. For this instrument the computer giant is ready to earmark 75 million dollars, which will be used to finance partnerships with both government bodies and non-profit organisations. The initiative is based on the conviction that better knowledge in the use of personal computers and correlated technologies can help new generations to enter the work force, even in professional profiles that are not strictly technical. In fact, occupation is a central issue for Africa, a continent which in 2035 will have a numerical work force higher than that of China (current world leader).

The Gayaza High School experience

One of the most virtuous examples of the results that Microsoft’s efforts can produce is the experience at Gayaza High School, in Uganda. In fact, thanks to the collaboration with the American country, the institute was equipped with very advanced e-learning strategies. 90% of the teachers, trained through special courses dedicated to the synergies between ICT and education, use laptops. Furthermore, all of the educational tools and homework are loaded on a special cloud platform that all the students can access. Innovations have allowed the Gayaza High School to become accredited as one of the best academic institutions in the world in terms of the integration of ICT technologies in the classroom.