Microsoft Honours 18 at Educators’ Forum

By Ikenna UGWU

Microsoft has honoured 18 educators in its Partners in Learning Middle East and Africa Forum. They are to be decorated at the global forum that will take place from November 28 to December 1, 2012, for enhancing student success through innovative use of technology in the classroom

Microsoft in a statement said the educators were drawn from Nigeria, Ghana, Jordan, Mauritius, Oman, Pakistan, Lebanon, Qatar, Turkey, South Africa, Egypt, UAE, Lesotho, Saudi Arabia, Uganda and Morocco as the Middle East and Africa representatives.

The 18 educators had 15 project winners and a recognized top Moroccan host country project.  The projects were selected from 90 projects, having previously competed at national Forums in their home countries.

A distinguished panel of regional judges including representatives from Nigeria, Saudi, Egypt, Oman, South Africa, Lesotho, Jordan, Turkey, Indian Ocean Islands and Morocco evaluated the 90 educator projects.

“As educators, we take great pride and joy in watching our students improve their academic performance and go on to take active roles in society. To enable that progress, it is important for us to keep up with the latest teaching methods and tools, and give students the confidence to use these 21st Century skills,” said Ayodele Odeogbola, Nigeria, Abeokuta Grammar School, one of the awarded teachers at the Forum.

“The Partners in Learning Forum gives educators a unique opportunity to come together and celebrate our successes, and learn new approaches and methods from our colleagues. I’m excited to go back to Nigeria and share these experiences with my colleagues and students.”

Isam Shahwan, education director, Microsoft Middle East and Africa said, “The annual Partners in Learning Middle East and Africa Forum in Morocco is yet another example of our commitment to, and investment in improving learning experiences, with the help of technology and trusted educators in the region. I am very grateful for the Ministry of Education of Morocco’s partnership and the enormous support it has provided in hosting the Forum.

“All the winning projects from the Middle East and Africa have the potential to transform education and contribute to the social and economic development of the region. Microsoft will continue to follow the achievements of these educators and support them along the way. ”

Also speaking, Khalil Abdel Massih, Partners in Learning Manager, Microsoft Middle East and Africa said, “Every year it is inspiring to see how these incredibly passionate educators embrace technology, helping to transform learning in their classrooms and education in their local communities. After all, ICT is an essential tool for quality education, and quality education ultimately leads to a better future for students and their countries.

“Microsoft is honored to recognize the creative professionals across Middle East and Africa who are driving innovation to empower young people in the region. I wish this year’s winners the best of luck in the Global Forum and encourage them to continue sharing the best practices across their countries and globally.”

The annual Microsoft Partners in Learning Middle East and Africa Forum took place in Marrakech, Morocco this year bringing together 225 educators, school leaders and educational professionals from 26 countries. The Partners in Learning Middle East and Africa Forum is one of a series of regional forums taking place around the world.

The event recognizes innovative educators who creatively and effectively use technology in their classroom to engage students and provide them with 21st century skills that will set them for success.

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