Microsoft to invest $125,000 in technology learning centres
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Microsoft to invest $125,000 in technology learning centres

Microsoft Malta is to invest $40,000 on the translation of the Digital Literacy Curriculum into Maltese and $85,000 to upgrade operating systems within local Community Technology Learning Centres to enable the use of the new curriculum.

Fiorella Ellul Sullivan, Microsoft Citizenship Manager for Malta and Cyprus, said the investment was in line with the company's commitment to promote e-skills as a driver for productivity.

She was speaking at a seminar organised by Microsoft Malta. The event brought together students, business start-ups and officials from the education sector and governemnt executives.

Ms Ellul Sullivan said that over the past five years, Microsoft Malta invested $500,000 in cash grants and software donations which enabled the setting up of 14 community technology learning centres across Malta and Gozo.

The investment was made in collaboration with the Malta Communications Authority and it has already enabled 5,000 people to receive basic ICT training.

Celia Falzon, an official of the MCA, said thatno country could afford to have pockets of society who were not ICT literate. Malta, she said, lagged leading nations with regard to ICT usage by persons in the 50+ age bracket and those with little formal education. Microsoft's Digital Literacy Curriculum was designed specifically to address these challeges.

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