Microsoft Joins With Educators Worldwide to Announce Significant Expansion of Innovative Schools Programme
Innovative Schools in 12 locations around the world created to meet the challenges of 21st-century learning.
EDINBURGH, Scotland — 31 Jan 2007 — Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates today announced a significant worldwide expansion of the company’s Innovative Schools programme as part of his keynote address at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum (GLF) Europe. Tailored to meet local community needs, the Innovative Schools programme will be rolled out in the following 12 locations: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, SAR Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, Qatar, Sweden and the UK.
“Education is key to economic development and competitiveness,” Gates said before the event. “It’s key to fostering the social and economic conditions needed for entrepreneurs to succeed, for workers to prosper in the knowledge economy and for everyone to realise their full potential. Microsoft is committed to helping strengthen education by working in partnership with educators, policymakers and students around the world.”
“Microsoft represents the business world and as a principal, there are significant benefits to using the same tools that companies use to hire, train, assess and motivate their people,” said Seamus Ryan, principal of Dunshaughlin Community College, Ireland, one of the 12 schools chosen to take part in the Innovative Schools programme. “Microsoft is also an essential partner as schools continue to develop their technology capabilities and provide students with an education that prepares them for life after school.”