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Microsoft's annual Partners in Learning Global Forum took place this past week in Prague

Microsoft recently contributed a healthy amount of money to its Partners in Learning program for education.

Microsoft's annual Partners in Learning Global Forum took place this past week in Prague, where Microsoft gave a $250 million, five-year renewal toward Microsoft Partners in Learning for education. 

The idea behind the Partners in Learning program is to prepare today's youth for the competitive workforce of the future through education, resources and support. So far, the program has trained over 11 million teachers and reached over 200 million students since 2003. 

This contribution brings Microsoft's total offerings to $750 million USD over a 15 year period to the program. With this most recent contribution, it hopes to broaden the Partners in Learning program to 20 million of the 75 million teachers worldwide by 2018 and expand the program beyond the 119 countries that are currently apart of it. 

“So many of us have a great teacher to thank for our achievements,” said Bill Gates, chairman and co-founder of Microsoft. “That’s why I am so proud that Microsoft Partners in Learning continues to support innovative teachers. We started this program nearly 10 years ago based on the belief that education is a fundamental human right and the single most important investment in our collective future. This has never been more true, and I’m really pleased to see the continuing commitment to innovations that can help all students and teachers reach their full potential.”

Microsoft is a particularly charitable company, where Bill Gates has kick started programs like the "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" for developing countries that don't have plumbing, and even partnered with former president Bill Clinton to bring Internet access to the digital divide

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By GotThumbs on 12/3/2012 9:31:11 AM , Rating: 2
So a US company has made the choice to donate millions and most of you can only bash it. It's pretty pathetic when I'm guessing all of your charitable contributions combined would be less than 5,000. This is why I think companies need to stop this and simply let citizens do the work. There are so many charities today that a large portion of the money goes towards staffing and high executive salaries. For an organization that exists to help's pretty lame that the executives are still so highly paid.

Best wishes for surviving the next four years,

By GotThumbs on 12/3/2012 9:33:17 AM , Rating: 2
Here's Apples example of charity.

When apple donates "Proceeds" for every purchase consumers you that's making the donation. Apple is not cutting into its profit margins significantly.

Knowledge is power.

Best Wishes,

By RedemptionAD on 12/4/2012 12:26:00 PM , Rating: 2
1. If the price of the product vs it's normal price didn't go up vs the traditional amount then it is the business eating the cost in margin.

2. Not that Microsoft giving this money is a bad thing, but the USA already far outspends other nations in education spending and still lags behind. I don't think the failing of our education system is something that we can just throw more money at to fix it.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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