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Microsoft to boost e-skills of UAE workers

Dubai, May 30, 2011

Microsoft Gulf has launched the “Right 2 Learn” initiative aimed at boosting the e-skills of blue collar workers in the UAE through Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum.

The initiative has been launched in partnership with Besix Foundation, a part of Besix Group, the largest Belgian construction group, said a Microsoft statement.

The partnership is aimed at training blue collar workers in construction shelters in UAE to develop basic computer skills that are essential in everyday life to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities, said a senior official.

Samer Abu-Ltaif, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf, said, “Our strategy is built around ensuring support to non-profit organizations to help advancing their operations and outreach through the innovative and appropriate use of technology.'

'This approach enables us to offer a comprehensive set of services, products, and tools that are relevant to the communities NGOs serve,' stated Abu-Ltaif at an event to reaffirm support for non-government organisations in the UAE.

At the event, Microsoft also recognized UAE civil society organizations for raising public awareness on the use of technology.

Microsoft actively partners with Civil Society organizations for helping people realize their full potential by leveraging technology innovation to address national social and economic priorities.

Dr Zaki Khoury, business manager - Microsoft Gulf, said, “We are delighted to partner with Besix Foundation and sign a MoU to train their blue collar workers on Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum.'

'The event is also an opportunity for us to renew and support our partnership with various civil society organizations in UAE,' he remarked.

Philippe Dessoy, general manager, Besix, said technology can be a powerful tool for advancing social and economic development, enabling people to get a better education and learn new skills to earn a living.

'We welcome Microsoft’s involvement and commend their strong commitment to supporting our Foundations’ attempts to give our workers a brighter future,' he added.

Microsoft is helping to enhancing the role of civil society in UAE by providing them with access to stable and secure IT, services, solutions, and training on courses such as Microsoft digital literacy curriculum.-TradeArabia News Service




Tags: | Microsoft | Besix | e-skills | UAE worker | Digital Literacy Curriculum | Belgian construction |

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