Intel announces education initiative in Africa

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Ahead of the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, Intel Corporation has announced a comprehensive initiative to improve teaching and learning in South Africa and Nigeria. Under the Intel World Ahead Program, Intel will donate 8000 PCs for distribution through education departments in South Africa and Nigeria and is expanding the number of teachers to be trained through the Intel Teach to the Future Programme.

Intel is also working with countries within the African continent to adapt the skoool online curriculum content for specific country needs, and working with the local eco-system on connectivity models to enable e-learning schools. In South Africa, Intel is working with the government, SA Council for Educators and educators themselves to ensure that teacher training and donated PCs are implemented in a holistic, sustainable manner that supports 21st century teaching and learning.

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A key component of the Intel World Ahead Program is the “Discover the PC” initiative aimed at making the benefits of new PC technology more broadly available to people in developing nations. The focus is on delivering products and technologies that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs and usage models of developing markets, and to supplement Intel's existing programs in education and technology adoption. This comprehensive initiative is further proof of Intel's sustained and serious commitment to education. Intel Corporation already has an established education programme in South and sub-Saharan Africa. To date, more than 30,000 educators have been trained through the Intel Teach to the Future programme in South Africa. Intel recently launched the programme in Nigeria, with the goal of training 150,000 teachers over the next three years. Intel's on-line curriculum, skoool, has also been launched in Nigeria and Ghana, with plans to partner with a service provider in South Africa to host this localized e-learning content.

In addition, Intel is working closely with a number of fixed line and mobile operators in Africa to drive the implementation of wireless connectivity technologies that can scale faster and offer more cost effective deployment such as WiMAX. This has been instrumental in aligning the eco-system to launch Africa's first WiMAX enabled school in Ghana and Africa's first mobile e-learning school in Nigeria, as well as a comprehensive digital inclusion programme, with government support, in Ghana.

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