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With a modern educational system as the basis for the country’s ability to sustain long-term social and economic growth, the Senegalese government recognizes the critical role that information and communication technologies (ICT) can play in the learning and development of the emerging workforce.
or insert sidebar quote tets test Skills for Senegal‟s Future Bringing new opportunities to Dakar‟s female students With a modern educational system as the the leadership of its administration and the FAST FACTS basis for the country’s ability to sustain long- excellence of its graduates—to work with the term social and economic growth, the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Group on an Customer: Senegalese government recognizes the critical affordable computing pilot focused on the John F. Kennedy High School role that information and communication needs of the students and teachers. technologies (ICT) can play in the learning and Country or Region: development of the emerging workforce. The school had introduced limited ICT Senegal resources into classrooms, as part of an earlier Cooperation is a key part of any successful project led by the World Bank, and now looked Industry: endeavor and a Microsoft® Unlimited to ICT training and support to enrich the Education Potential™ project at a school for girls in the curriculum and use the school’s scarce nation’s capital, Dakar, is uniting many resources more effectively. Customer Profile: talents—including the vision of the Ministry of John F. Kennedy High School is Education, the expertise of an African training Scalability, Sustainability, and Support a highly respected school for network, the passion of teachers and pupils, girls in Dakar, Senegal. and the commitment of Microsoft. The initiative Following the signing of an agreement is helping a generation of Senegalese women between Microsoft Senegal, the African Senegal is a thriving West to enjoy the opportunities that the knowledge Network for Distance Training (RESAFAD), African democracy, eager to economy can bring. and the Senegalese Ministry for Education, a compete in the global economy pilot project began in April 2008 with the where knowledge is the most Extending Access and Effectiveness provision of 49 Asus Eee personal computers valuable commodity of all. More Through ICT to the school. Ensuring that the project was than ever before, competitive- sustainable and scalable across the ness depends upon a critical Government, non-governmental organizations Senegalese education system, the computers natural resource—the skills of (NGOs), and businesses are working on a are among a new class of highly capable, ultra Senegal’s 11 million citizens, range of partnerships in Senegal to bring low-cost computers designed with education in whatever their age or relevant education, skills, and training to its mind. The laptops were equipped with the background. next generation of citizens. Extending the Windows® XP operating system and a reach of education—bringing access to ever- Microsoft Office suite, as well as Microsoft more people—is a core objective that can be Partners in Learning Modules and Digital supported by a widespread adoption of ICT. Literacy training. Laptops were connected to This too will help children to learn and the Internet through a newly installed Wi-Fi familiarize themselves with ICT, a basic network. requirement in the information economy. More important than hardware and software to To prove the theory, the Ministry of Education the pilot’s long-term success was the support selected John F. Kennedy High School—a of teachers at John F. Kennedy High School. renowned school for girls in Dakar, known for They met to define aims and objectives, identifying areas where ICT could improve Club” became the ICT hub for a network of multidisciplinary teaching and established a others, including: Sciences, History and network of peer support so that teachers with Geography, Spanish, Literature, Philosophy, greater understanding could help those with and the Njegem’Art Club. less. The integration of ICT has transformed With a tailored approach to each teacher’s classes, with one teacher saying, “I often ask specific needs, the pilot emphasized the my students to do research on the Internet on opportunities that ICT can bring to education. a given theme. During a project on RESAFAD provided a help desk and greenhouse gases, one of my students determined that training people in pairs— downloaded a document of such a quality that Student Comments establishing solidarity and peer support—was I had to abandon my lesson preparation to more effective than one-on-one sessions with explain the theme using the student’s expert tutors. contribution. I think that something is “I am more motivated for changing; students are becoming sources of homework when it RESAFAD Manager, Anta Gueye, says, information like teachers.” includes research on the “RESAFAD has partnered with Microsoft and Internet.” - Khadidiatou the Senegalese Government to integrate ICT The effect on students has also been into the life of the John F. Kennedy High significant. They can now call on the Web’s School. Our objective is to provide teachers extensive resources to improve their studies, “At home, I have urged with the skills required to help them to use the researching new ideas and concepts. Their my brothers and sisters tools at their disposal and ensure a positive own comments are the most compelling to use computers.” experience with the program.” illustration of the difference ICT has made in their education. - Dieynaba Adds the Assistant Principal for John F. Kennedy High School, “Teachers who return One class recently obtained a 100 percent “When the teacher is from a training session completely change success rate in the final secondary exam, their vision with regards to ICT. They realize which the teacher attributed in large part to taking the lesson, I ask that the new tools are available for them and, the students’ systematic use of Web research myself my own above all, are very useful as they open new in their daily lessons. questions and I can now prospects in the field of teaching.” find the answers on the Educational Motivation Internet.” - Ndeye Marie A Network of Personalized Learning Evaluation of the program to date suggests With the laptops up and running in the that one of the greatest benefits for John F. “I like going to the classroom, the teachers now have immediate Kennedy High School has been the renewal computer room. It‟s as if access to up-to-date and diverse materials of motivation amongst staff and students. The I have found again the over the internet—resources that were introduction of effective ICT training and previously unavailable to them on tight school laptops in the classroom has supported a freedom to see what I am budgets. Abstract concepts are brought to life whole new world of educational opportunity interested in!” for students with images and video. Science for everyone involved: teachers can explore - Ndeye Gueye teachers use the Web to demonstrate and choose the best education resources experiments. Language teachers source from across the globe and reinvigorate the unpublished or rare texts and complete way they teach; administrators can ensure monographs on writers on the syllabus. that the school is run at optimum efficiency; and John F. Kennedy High School students The school’s existing network of study clubs can gather invaluable life-long knowledge that was another area of improvement where the will support them as they help to build a better teacher’s identified ICT’s potential. One “Net life for themselves—and a better Senegal. About Unlimited Potential people who are not yet realizing the benefits of technology Unlimited Potential is Microsoft’s long-term commitment to provide relevant, accessible, Education is the cornerstone of economic and affordable ICT to underserved people opportunity, so any efforts to help young around the world. Through the use of people realize their full potential must begin “Microsoft has made us technology, training and partnerships with local there. Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential program aware of the great governments, NGOs, educators, and is working with partners, educators, community and business leaders, Unlimited governments, and NGOs to increase access possibilities that IT has Potential will create sustained social and to quality education through dynamic, learner- to offer in terms of economic opportunity in three key areas: focused technologies and resources. We are teaching and learning. committed to helping improve the quality of What was surprising was • Transforming Education teaching and learning, and helping people of how quickly the students all ages learn valuable new skills. understood and • Fostering Local Innovation accepted the concept of • Enabling Jobs and Opportunities „knowledge sharing‟ and „working together.‟ This Microsoft has set the year 2015 as its first illustrates Unlimited major milestone to reach the next 1 billion Potential very well. With the donation of an e-mail For more information about Microsoft Unlimited Potential, please visit: server, a Wi-Fi network www.microsoft.com/unlimitedpotential that will soon cover the entire building, and Asus Eee personal computers that are lightweight and flexible, Microsoft has created a revolution in our school environment.” Assane Lo, Teacher, John F. Kennedy High School This document is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY. Document published June 2009
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