World Vision Partners with Microsoft, Intel and the British Council to Improve Digital Access in Developing Countries

World Vision Partners with Microsoft, Intel and the British Council to Improve
                    Digital Access in Developing Countries

PR Newswire

SEATTLE, Dec. 11, 2012

Spark a Child's Digital Future Initiative to Launch in 2013

SEATTLE, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Last week in Prague, Czech
Republic, Microsoft closed the Partners in Learning Global Forum with an
announcement of their $75 million investment and commitment to an initiative
that will bring digital access to youth and educators in developing nations,
beginning in Kenya in 2013, scaling across sub-Saharan Africa and beyond over
the next five years. Spark a Child's Digital Future
www.worldvision.org/bethespark, which launches this holiday season, is a
collaborative effort, uniting World Vision, British Council, Microsoft and
Intel.

World Vision, with operations in nearly 100 countries, will leverage their
deep experience in sub-Saharan Africa in collaboration with British Council to
initially launch in 50 schools in Kenya. Microsoft will contribute software,
curriculum, and expertise gained through Partners in Learning. Together
Microsoft and Intel will offer ICT expertise and training while British
Council and World Vision bring on-the-ground expertise in education program
execution and content development for teacher and school leader professional
development, as well as measurement and evaluation.

The Spark a Child's Digital Future initiative will bring holistic digital
access to the classroom, including devices, infrastructure, and teacher
training, which improves learning outcomes—in academics, life skills, and
economic opportunity.

"We recognize that once a child's basic needs are met, digital skills
development can be vital in securing economic growth," said Rich Stearns,
President, World Vision US. "This program is essential in helping children in
developing countries succeed in a global world." To get involved in this
partnership, see Rich Stearns video message:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BattaphShL4

The announcement is in support of Microsoft's recent YouthSpark commitment –
an initiative to empower 300 million youth worldwide through the provision of
education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities over the next three
years.

"Today's young people face an opportunity divide — a gap between those who
have the access, skills and opportunities to be successful and those who do
not," said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education for
Microsoft. "We firmly believe in the power of technology to help close this
gap. But we can only achieve our ambitions with the help of these kinds of
partnerships. Together, we can help bring digital access to youth and support
to educators in developing countries worldwide." See Anthony Salcito's recent
blog post, Digital Access in the Developing World Becomes a Reality Through
Partnerships: http://goo.gl/fb/4CAZS

"We are pleased to deepen our collaboration with the British Council,
Microsoft and World Vision," said Brian Gonzalez, Director of K-12 Education,
Intel Corporation. "We look forward to transforming the educational
experience for students in Africa through the Spark a Child's Digital Future
program."

Dr. Jo Beall, British Council Director of Education and Society said, "We hope
these new partnerships will enable a step-change for education around the
world. Through working together, we can harness our long-developed expertise
in helping young people find new educational opportunities and bring that
experience to many, many more people."

The Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) were signed at Microsoft's Partners in
Learning Global Forum 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic.

About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working
with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full
potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves
all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more
information, please visit www.worldvision.org/press or follow them on Twitter
at @WorldVisionNews.

SOURCE World Vision U.S.

Website: http://www.worldvision.org
Contact: Kelli Day, +1-253-227-3875, kday@worldvision.org
 
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