Microsoft and Kuwait Economic Society (KES) announced the signing of an MoU to collaborate on a new project and provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training to Kuwaitis. The 'Empower' project will provide opportunities for young Kuwaitis, especially women on the welfare programme to train in essential computer skills, to improve their employment prospects.
This partnership with Microsoft aims at encouraging the affiliation between community development organisations and the private sector to drive social and economic growth in the country. Microsoft is helping bridge the global technological gap by providing the training and tools people need to realize their potential. Project Empower is part of Microsoft's Unlimited Potential (UP) programme, a global initiative that focuses on improving lifelong learning and providing technical skills training to underserved individuals through Community Technology and Learning Centres (CTLCs). A CTLC has been established by KES at the society premises where the training will take place. The centre will also use the Microsoft UP curriculum, an easy and efficient set of lessons for ICT learning, that have been developed by Microsoft and its partners.