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Natabua Pioneers IT Plan

Natabua High School in Lautoka will pioneer the country’s first Microsoft Information Technology Academy. This comes after the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, yesterday launched the programme at the Lautoka school. Mr
05 Mar 2015 10:45
Natabua Pioneers IT Plan
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, School Principal, School students and teachers along with invited guests at the new Microsoft IT academy in Natabua High School. Photo: Sheetal Prasad

Natabua High School in Lautoka will pioneer the country’s first Microsoft Information Technology Academy.

This comes after the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, yesterday launched the programme at the Lautoka school.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum hopes that this will position Fiji well in the IT sector.

“This IT academy is an important step that signals to the rest of Fiji that it is trying to position itself to be the IT hub of Fiji,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“As a Government, we want to invest in all of you. This IT academy is an investment in the future and you represent the future. All of this training is critical that you will be able to receive a lot of information in a very condensed and proficient manner.

“This Microsoft IT skill sets is recognised internationally also, so it makes you, it makes the teachers a lot more marketable. We are going around identifying schools in particular and giving them computers, giving them web cams, scanners and IT connection.”

The Government is trying to have this academy accessible after hours for students and others in the community.

Government is also paying for the security service and internet as funds are channelled in from the 2015 Budget.

“So it is a responsibility for all of us who are going to use these computers, please use it to the maximum benefit,” he said.

Reach 4 Your Future Foundation, a non-government organisation who is Microsoft’s authorised education reseller, helped set up the academy.

The primary focus of the foundation is to provide children access to technology mediums in an interactive learning environment.

The foundation’s mission is to provide children, teachers and their communities with an opportunity to gain exposure, and increase their intellect to reach out to the global community.

Foundation president Ganesh Sen said: “What is available through the Microsoft IT academy is far greater in content, depth and structure.

“I encourage the Minister to let us help you as to how we can structure the ITC program from primary to high school and now going to technical schools.

“I think this is the way forward, it has got the digital literacy content, whereby the students can go on and learn at their own phase.”

“Our school will be a pioneer for our Microsoft academy IT programme and we were also the pioneer for OT (Office Technology) in high school systems,” principal Virendra Sharma said

The academy took more than six months in the making at a cost of about $100,000.

The academy will be accessible to all the 1300 students in the school irrespective of their subject choice being computer.

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