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Education Ministry, Microsoft sign cooperation agreement
January 20, 2015, 8:08 am

Kuwait and Microsoft signed an agreement in London Monday aimed at using modern technology in Kuwait schools. The agreement, signed by Kuwait's Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Bader Al-Essa and Microsoft Kuwait general Manager Charles Nahas, is designed to teach teachers and principals on how to use technology in education, and then eventually transform it to students.

"The first phase will include the training of 2,000 teachers and this will increase to around 10,000 teachers according to a specific timetable," Al-Essa said in a statement to KUNA and Kuwait TV after signing the agreement.

The Ministry of Education is keen on developing education by all means, said Al-Essa, making the remarks on sidelines of an international conference on educational and instructional technology.

"The agreement we signed today does not entail any financial burdens on the ministry, but it is an assistance by Microsoft to develop education by using technology in the State of Kuwait," he added.

"The governments in our countries and advanced countries cannot develop education by themselves but need to use capabilities and expertise of the private sector," he said.
On the conference, Al-Essa said he participated in a session about the role of teachers and how they could use e-education while teaching.

"The teacher is the backbone of the educational process and should be capable of conveying the information in a way that is easy and understood while using e-education," said the minister.

E-education will also enable the student to assume larger responsibilities in the educational process, he said, by exploration, experssion and experiment in order to encourage critical thinking.

Nahas, for his part, said e-education in school was an revolution to develop skills of individuals in particular and community in general. Speaking to KUNA, Nahas said this era was characterized with rapidly-growing information technology, which required the preparation of kids and youth so they could use it.

British Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan inaugurated the conference earlier yesterday.

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