Microsoft Pakistan Contest Winner Triumphs Over Cape Town

DSC04181The winner of Microsoft Pakistan Innovative Teachers Forum (ITF) Competition 2010, Saqib Anwer made it to the semi finals of World Wide Innovative Education Forum (WWIEF).

WWIEF is the second and final phase of the competition that celebrates the yearly achievements of Partners in Learning Innovative Schools and Innovative Teachers worldwide.

ITF, the contest was primarily held at country level amongst the teachers to determine the winner who had best used the technology in schooling pupils. Winners were then escalated to global content, being held in Cape Town.

Microsoft sponsored the two winners of ITF to take part in WWIEF that, where winning teachers from all over the world presented their projects. Out of the 31 semifinalists Saqib Anwer was amongst the top 12 participants.

Appreciating the efforts of the Pakistani contestants, Kamal Ahmed, Country General Manager Microsoft Pakistan said,

"Teachers play a vital role in improving the skills of their students. Through Innovative Teachers Forum Competition, Microsoft has provided a platform to Pakistani teachers to learn the techniques that are used worldwide in order to develop the young minds of Pakistan.”

Saqib Anwer, a teacher at New Lahore Grammar School, thanked Microsoft Pakistan for providing him with a great opportunity to participate and present his work at this international forum.

"Participation in WWIEF was a wonderful experience and opportunity for me to understand the role of IT in present the educational system for preparing our kids to face the future challenges”, said Anwer.

He further stated that Microsoft has given him a chance to interact with teachers from all over the world and enhance his teaching skills and methodologies.

This year WWIEF 2010 showcased the achievements of around 500 Teachers and Schools from 70 countries representing Pathfinder Schools, Mentor Schools and Innovative Teachers.

The ITF is part of Microsoft’s Learning program, which works with governments and education leaders around the world at the national, state and local levels to deliver a portfolio of professional development, curricula, tools and resources designed to advance 21st-century teaching, learning and digital inclusion that improve learning outcomes for every student. Since its inception in 2003, the Partners in Learning program has reached more than 192 million teachers and students in 114 countries.

Microsoft’s 10-year investment in the initiative is nearly $500 million, underscoring the company’s commitment to helping students and educators around the world realize their full potential. Partners in Learning has reached more than 3.8 million education leaders, teachers and students in the United States, bringing the benefits of innovation and technology to U.S. education systems.

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