Microsoft Asia has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education and Sport of Laos to enhance the skills and employability of students.
The three-year Education Transformation Agreement aims to explore ways in improving the accessibility and use of ICT in schools to support teaching and learning, as well as to facilitate international collaboration to improve the education sector.
According to Michelle Simmons, General Manager, Southeast Asia New Markets, Microsoft Asia Pacific, "Technology plays an important role in providing access to new learning experiences, improving pedagogical practices and empowering educators, especially in this mobile-first, cloud-first world."
Simmons added, "Integrating technology in the education experience will help equip students with skills for the modern, global workforce and future workplace."
The agreement covers five areas which aims to engage policymakers, educators, and students.
Firstly, both Microsoft and the Ministry will conduct an ICT Policy Workshop for education's stakeholders - including policymakers, development partners, ICT private sector and civil society - to provide a platform in discussing the potential of integrating technology into teaching and learning.
Secondly, Microsoft will leverage its Innovative Educator, which includes assessment tools and curriculum, to improve the capabilities and competencies of educators, as well as to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
Thirdly, Microsoft will work with educators in utilising technology in their teaching. Through this, the educators can better help prepare their students to effectively use the technology.
Fourthly, together with Microsoft IT Academy, educational institutions will be provided with full curriculum solution, which they can use in delivering technology courses, learning tools and other resources needed by educators.
Lastly, the Microsoft certification will help schools align their technology programs with the requirements of the industry, as well as the demands of employers.
"We look forward to working with Microsoft to make the vision of our plan both scalable and sustainable," said Associate Professor Dr. Somkiat Phasy, Director of Information and Communications Technology Center and Education and Sports, Ministry of Education and Sports of Laos PDR.
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