Harb bou-Harb, Public Sector Lead, Microsoft Qatar; Naim Yazbeck, Microsoft’s Country Manager for Qatar; Maamoun Al Bichtaoui, Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners Lead, Microsoft Qatar; and Hafez Hamdy, Country Manager, ITWorx Qatar
Microsoft Qatar, located at Qatar Science and Technology Park announced the launch of its “Anytime Anywhere learning” initiative in Qatar to provide access to technology access for every individual in the country anytime, anywhere. Microsoft Qatar made this announcement at an event to demonstrate the latest solutions and initiatives for the education community in Qatar. Microsoft’s Anytime Anywhere learning initiative not only provides communication and collaboration platforms needed to nurture lifelong learning, but also extends to provide affordable learning devices to education end users with the right resources, content, training and tools needed to transform education and better engage students in the learning process.
The Anytime Anywhere learning Initiative in Qatar will be developed based on education priorities and the specific requirements of the country. This initiative will implement cloud services, software, training, support, distribution, and critical partnerships to help enable a successful partnership outcome.
According to Naim Yazbeck, Country Manager, Microsoft Qatar, “The right technology combined with specific policies and inclusive programs can have a significant impact on improving access to quality education. For all citizens, access to this 'digital society' delivers tangible economic, employment, and social opportunities. Digital inclusion transforms the education system and in turn, the total economy to a more dynamic state. This is where Microsoft’s expertise with various partnerships around the globe can be leveraged to benefit the citizens of Qatar through this initiative.“
On this occasion, Microsoft Qatar also announced an Awards Program with several levels of recognition to recognize the schools with the best technology implementations. These include a “School of the Future” Award for the school which has the best application in terms of using Windows based devices and applications in teaching and learning. The “School Transformation Award of the year” award goes to one school which makes the best use of technology, programs and innovation to transform education, enhance academic performance and teacher adoption of new tools for better teaching methods.
To help support ongoing technology education, Microsoft also showcased its IT Academy program to benefit students and educators at the event. The program features access to software licenses, E-Learning, official Microsoft course materials, and certifications that cover the spectrum of professions within the IT industry. E-Learning and course materials range from computer basics to high-level programming, along with information and communications technology (ICT) management.
At the event, Microsoft demonstrated some of its latest solutions which are being used to engage, inspire, and prepare all students to learn and innovate. These include the Microsoft Surface solution which breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology, providing effortless interaction with digital content and collaboration among users, making it a natural fit for education scenarios. Xbox Kinect can transform ordinary classroom experiences into immersive educational experiences through its controller free technology.