Microsoft today announced their collaboration with the government of Tamil Nadu in India to improve the integration of technology in teaching and learning. As part of this agreement, Microsoft will adopt seven schools initially to train their students and teachers around building 21st century skills which includes critical thinking, creative coding & gaming, app development, robotics, and entrepreneurship. Microsoft will provide resources, free tools & software, as well as online professional development specifically tailored for educators through its Partners in Learning Network.
Microsoft will also offer its Microsoft Innovative Educator Program to all educators in primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary education across the state. Additionally, Microsoft will train and provide a digital literacy certification District Education Officers (DEOs) in Tamil Nadu.
Commenting on the partnership, Shri K.A. Sengottaiyan, Minister for School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu said,” We are committed to harnessing the power of the technology to reform education in Tamil Nadu and make our youth future-ready with the essential digital skills. We have a longstanding partnership with Microsoft and believe their expertise in this area makes them an ideal partner for our transformational initiatives.”
Over the last 12 years, Microsoft has been working with the government to improve the education in Tamil Nadu. Till now, over 48,000 teachers have been trained under the Microsoft Shiksha program, which empowers government teachers by integrating computing into their teaching, creating a fun and interactive learning atmosphere for their students.
“At Microsoft we believe that education is the single-most important investment in the future of individuals, and key to the growth of a nation. We are deeply invested in empowering India’s education ecosystem with technology, necessary for success in the 21st century. The combination of quality content, partnerships, capacity building of teachers and administrators is as essential for this as access to technology We are delighted to continue our collaboration with the state of Tamil Nadu in this journey,” said Manish Prakash, Country General Manager – Public Sector, Health & Education, Microsoft India.
Learn more about this program here.