DUBAI // Twenty-five public high schools students will be given a three-month internship with Microsoft Gulf under a new agreement signed by the Ministry of Education and the technology company.
Under the Fursati program, Microsoft will train the students to equip them with the core skills and experience needed to access a network of potential high-tech career opportunities.
A second part of the collaboration, called the DreamSpark initiative, will provide students a complete platform for software design and development at no cost and enable them to join Microsoft innovation incubators for further advancement of their ideas and innovations.
Students will also be introduced to MinecraftEDU and Kodu Micro:bit to learn coding skills. The partnership also comprises the YouthSpark initiative that aims at enabling youth to avail the potential opportunities in areas of education, employment and entrepreneurship.
Microsoft will provide educational resources and in-house training for 20 teachers over a period of two years. It will also train 200 teachers on applications such as OneNote Class Notebook, Sway, Office Mix and Office 365.
“Building a modern education system that is based on knowledge and innovation and transforms towards smart learning is what is needed in local schools,” said Minister of Education Hussain Al Hammadi. “It is important to integrate the basic elements and tools into the education system enabling the teachers and students to acquire advanced skills through the use of technology and enhance the learning methods.”