ICT Division, Shorno Kishoree Network Foundation and Microsoft Bangladesh is collaborating on an effort to educate rural female students of the country on IT, health and well-being, said a recent press release. The initiative is aimed to improve the lives of students through better knowledge and skills.
Trainings will be held instantly through a network that will connect districts across Bangladesh. The ICT training titled ‘Yes She Can’ was held at the Microsoft Office in Gulshan and was attended by ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak who donated 70 laptops to students from 64 districts. Students at the event were given basic knowledge on how to browse the internet, run Microsoft Office and hold online video conferencing.
ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak donated 70 laptops to students from 64 districts. Students at the event were given basic knowledge on how to browse the internet, run Microsoft Office and hold online video conferencing
At the event Zunaid Ahmed Palak said “Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in education, especially in education for girls, helping the country achieve one of the Millennium Development Goals, gender parity, ahead of schedule. Despite this, the high rate of dropout and quality of education remains a concern. A modernized system and the introduction of information technology are expected to bring rural poor children into the folds of mainstream education, and improve educator and student performance.”
Sonia Kabir, Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh said “Microsoft is proud to be partnering in a project that ties in three key accelerators for development – woman, education and ICT. I am personally passionate about bringing women into the world of technology, from creating employability to creating entrepreneurs. Microsoft is proud to be hosting the ‘Yes She Can’ event and we look forward to more initiatives around women and technology.”
It should be noted that Shorno Kishoree started its journey working with female students back in 2012. The NGO has garnered a reputation of one of the few organizations that link different levels of the society. Microsoft, the technology partner for the event, has been working for women empowerment and their brand ambassadors provided training to the girls. The girls will eventually end up becoming brand ambassadors for Microsoft as well.