Microsoft Partners in Learning (PiL) Network

NBA has supported Microsoft SA, and the MS WECA (West, East and Central Africa) division, in conceptualizing and promoting an African chapter of the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network, a social network designed to support teachers. Taking into account issues around bandwidth, access to digital technologies, computer skills and a culture of ‘not-sharing’ among African educators, NBA devised strategies to address issues related to platform architecture, available content, desired functionality and interactivity, marketing and promotion, and training of end users. Activities included daily platform maintenance, liaising with the development team in the USA, and country visits to Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana and Mauritius to set up educator communities of practice.