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Microsoft announces grants for APAC NPOs

Anuradha Shukla | April 22, 2016
Grants to increase access to computer science education in the region.

Microsoft Philanthropies has announced grants for 29 nonprofit organisations (NPOs) in Asia Pacific (APAC).

These grants are designed to increase access to computer science education around the world.

Microsoft will provide cash grants, content and other resources to these nonprofits for bringing computational thinking and problem-solving skills to young people in local communities.

In total, Microsoft Philanthropies announced grants for more than 100 nonprofit organizations (NPOs) in 55 markets, and hopes it will serve as an important building blocks to help beneficiaries succeed in today's tech-fueled economy.

"Microsoft Philanthropies aims to empower non organizations that work with young people by providing them with three types of assets: our technology and solutions, our employees' time and financial support. We hope that this combination helps them truly achieve more" said Dr. Daiana Beitler, Philanthropies lead, Microsoft Asia.

Addressing social issues
Microsoft not only provides local youth with opportunities to learn computing, but it also creates educational apps to address solutions to social issues in their communities.

Training provided to teachers and staff in coding ensures they can raise their capacity in teaching computer science curriculum and concepts.

Following markets are covered for grants in APAC: Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Few of the notable recipients of the YouthSpark grant from Microsoft Philanthropies are Shanghai Adream Charitable Foundation, China, Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB), Indonesia, and Coding for Accessibility, Philippines.

"With grants from Microsoft YouthSpark, we hope that technology can truly become an enabler and level the playing field for underserved youth," Dr. Beitler.

 

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