Microsoft Makes $250M Donation to Education
December 1, 2012 10:31 AM
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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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RE: Wow. Most of the comments so far are pretty pathetic...
12/4/2012 12:26:00 PM
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.
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