Microsoft launches junior developer program
Dubai, April 21, 2011
Microsoft has launched an initiative called the Junior Developer Program, aiming to educate students and teachers on the development of computer software applications using Microsoft technologies.
Microsoft has partnered with Gems Education in the UAE to pilot the project at the Dubai Modern High School.
As part of the program, Microsoft provided six days of training to a group of 20 students from grade 7 and five teachers from the school. The training course was based on the Microsoft small basic curriculum which is an introduction to basic programming. After the training period, the students will have to create and submit projects as part of the competition.
Microsoft employees from the finance department will also guide the students throughout the competition period and help them find answers to general questions like career guidance, etc. The initiative is sponsored by technology partner Touchmate.
Badruddin Hilal, finance director, Microsoft Gulf, said: “Offering advanced technology courses to young students is part of Microsoft’s unique approach to address a country’s workplace needs in the years ahead. From our perspective, such programs are crucial in preparing today’s students for more advanced training in the future.”
“The program will provide them with a solid understanding of software development principles which will give them an advantage when they get older. In addition, it also helps them become more well-rounded and motivated to pursue rewarding careers in the technology sphere,” he added.
Manoj M Varghese, director IT, Gems Education, said: “It will also give our students the extra benefit of having an understanding of software development at an early stage. This will certainly enhance their creativity and help them to express their ideas using the latest technologies.”
Kamal Kumar, general manager at Touchmate, said: “It is important for every individual to be updated with technology as it impacts our day to day life. At Touchmate we value the concept of IT in education, and we are happy to partner with Microsoft Gulf in piloting the Junior Developer Program and supporting the new generation with upcoming trends in technology.” – TradeArabia News Service