A collaboration was formed between the Education Department, Government of Punjab, that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft Pakistan under the company's 'Partners in Learning' global programme. The aim of this collaboration is to provide schools, governments and partners with resources, training, expertise and technology blueprints that will help create institutions to better prepare students for life and work in the 21st century. Both parties will work cooperatively to participate in a four-year programme from 2009 till 2013. The programme recognises the value of providing technology to schools and seeks to jointly provide access to and improve use of information and communication technology (ICT) for the support of teaching and learning. It was decided under the MoU that Microsoft's and the Education Department's associates will provide a joint report to the Government of Punjab and Microsoft every 90 days. The report will provide an assessment of the purpose, progress and impact of 'Partners in Learning' programme in Punjab.