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Microsoft to help train rural girls in info tech

Partners with govt, NGO

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division, Shornokishoree Network Foundation, and Microsoft Bangladesh Ltd have taken a joint initiative to educate rural female students across the country on information technology, health and well-being.

The ICT training initiative will improve learning skills of students.

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The inaugural ceremony of the training titled “YES SHE CAN” was held at the Microsoft Bangladesh Office in the capital's Gulshan where State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak donated 70 laptops to students from 64 districts, says a press release.

At the daylong training, the students were taught basic computing, Internet browsing, troubleshooting, MS Office, MS Excel, and video conferencing via Skype.

Palak said, “Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in education, especially in education for girls, helping the country achieve one of the Millennium Development Goals, gender parity, ahead of schedule.” 

“Despite this, the high rate of dropout and quality of education remains a concern. A modernised system and the introduction of information technology are expected to bring rural poor children into the folds of mainstream education, and improve educator and student performance,” he said.

The implementing partner, Shornokishoree, began working with female students in 2012, primarily in the area of health.

Microsoft is the technology partner for this project.

“Microsoft is proud to be partnering in a project that ties in three key accelerators for development -- women, education and ICT,” said Sonia Kabir, managing director, Microsoft Bangladesh Ltd.

“I am personally passionate about bringing women into the world of technology, from creating employability to creating entrepreneurs. Microsoft is proud to be hosting the YES SHE CAN event and we look forward to more initiatives around women and technology,” she added.

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