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Microsoft signs MoU with A2i Programme

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With the aim to create Women Entrepreneurs in technology for Digital centers, a2i, Prime Minister’s Office and Microsoft Bangladesh is going to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 18th January, 2016. Sonia Bashir Kabir, Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh will be signing on behalf of Microsoft Bangladesh and Kabir bin Anwar, Director General (Admin), PMO & Project Director, a2i program will be signing on behalf of a2i and Prime Minister’s Office. General Manager of Microsoft South East Asia New Markets, Michelle Simmons will be present in the event.

Under this MoU, women entrepreneurs from 5273 Digital centers nationwide will receive training on computer hardware and software use/troubleshooting and will be linked with service centers after completion of training. Through this Digital Literacy Training program, women entrepreneurs can gain expertise on conducting Digital Center activities as well as help local people with hardware and software support.

Director General (Admin), PMO & Project Director, a2i program Kabir bin Anwar said, “Establishing a Digital Center in every union and one woman entrepreneur along with one man are very important for Digital Bangladesh vision of the Honorable Prime Minister. There is an opportunity for rural women to get IT support if at least one woman entrepreneur is there. Microsoft’s such initiative will help those women entrepreneurs to move forward.”

Sonia Bashir Kabir, Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh said “I am super excited about signing this MoU with the Prime Minister’s Office We believe women are an integral part of our society and it is my personal passion to promote women in technology. I am very happy that Microsoft will get an opportunity to work with the women of the 5200+ Digital Centers. We look forward to promoting Bangladeshi women in technology, taking them from employability to entrepreneurship and enabling them to integrate technology in their daily as well as professional lives.”

Technology based modern centers from every union, district, paurasabha and different wards of city corporations are called Digital Centers. Around 20 crore 60 lakhs services has been done from these Digital Centers around the country. More than 20 lakhs people applied online for visiting abroad, 4,50,000 people applied from Digital Centers and got their land records which is a great milestone till date. People can get opportunity to apply for 2,79,000 govt. and life insurance form, see public exam results, apply for university admission and birth-death certificates, use email, internet and get IT training from Digital Centers. There are 102 govt. and private services from these centers. 5273 women employment has been recorded though these Digital Centers.

400 women entrepreneurs from 11 City Corporations and 1500 women entrepreneurs from 15 Districts have already received training from Microsoft. Remaining of the 5200 plus women entrepreneurs will receive training throughout 2016. Participants who excel in the training/A grade will be linked with call centers so that they can take part in service support activities. They can prepare themselves as service engineers.

Through this Digital Literacy program, it will be possible to involve women entrepreneurs in information technology related activities and there will be scope to provide better services to students/ citizens outside Dhaka city.

Microsoft Bangladesh started an initiative called Windows Women in March 2015. Through this initiative Microsoft has recruited Microsoft Brand Ambassadors nationwide: school girls from grades 6-10 of public schools in each of the 64 districts; female students from 34 private university, female entrepreneurs from Young Bangla initiative and the 1900 women who have already trained through Microsoft Digital Literacy program in 11 City Corporations and 15 districts.

Besides getting training on Digital Literacy Windows Women get training on Microsoft software (Specifically on Windows 10 Operating System and Office 365); they have access to Microsoft office as Microsoft brand ambassadors and get free mentoring from Microsoft. Microsoft brand ambassadors also help Microsoft fight piracy by sharing the benefits of using genuine software in their community.

Along with Director General (Admin), PMO & Project Director, a2i program Kabir bin Anwar, General Manager of Microsoft South East Asia New Markets, Michelle Simmons and Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh Sonia Bashir Kabir, People’s Perspective Naimuzzaman Mukta were also attended the signing ceremony. Officials from A2i program, Microsoft Bangladesh and media persons were there as well.

 

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