Microsoft’s bet on Africa grows with launch of youth gadget programme


We’ve written quite a bit about Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative which sees the software giant explore ways of linking the growth of its business to growth on the continent.

The company is now throwing weight behind its Youth Device Programme under which it will provide a bundle of affordable devices, educational applications, online services, affordable data plans, and smart financing to Kenyan learning institutions. The rollout is done in conjunction with Intel’s East Africa presence and the Kenya Private Schools Alliance (KPSA).

The move extends Microsoft 4Afrika Youth Initiative that started earlier this year. The initiative already provides scholarships, fellowships, and internships to of African young people. The Device Programme will start in Kenya first, and intends to reach Egypt, South Africa and Nigeria next.

The idea is to educate and equip Africa’s younger crowd to improve competitiveness and encourage entrepreneurship. The anticipated result? An improved African business landscape.

Microsoft and Intel will provide devices preloaded with educational applications, and the two companies will also be offering training for the teachers on ICT integration.

Specifically tailored finance options will also be provided through loans from Kenya’s Equity Bank and M-Changa, a mobile money-based way to contribute towards the purchase of devices. Safaricom is also onboard and will provide data packages.

Gadgets on offer include:

  • iSurf Windows Portable
  • Acer Iconia W511
  • Asus Transformer book
  • Samsung ATIV TAB 3
  • Windows 8 powered Nokia smartphones
  • Intel Classmate PC

Educational applications include

  • Intel Explore & Learn
  • Khan Academy suite
  • Office 365
  • Skype
  • Digital books
  • Educational games



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