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Microsoft chairman offers Bangladeshi teachers computer training

Posted by iMark - 2005-12-07

Bill Gates, billionaire philanthropist and chairman of software giant Microsoft, pledged to train teachers in impoverished Bangladesh in computer skills.
Gates, who met Prime Minister Khaleda Zia amid tight security after a series of deadly blasts by Islamic extremists in recent months, told the agency he intended to sign an agreement that would result in new IT training courses for teachers.

Microsoft, which set up an office in Bangladesh last year, has been lobbying the Bangladesh government to crack down on piracy of its programmes, a copy of which can be bought here for less than a dollar.

Microsoft has also said it wants to work with the Bangladesh government to expand the use of computers in education and modernise the country's banking and telephone sectors.

Last year, Microsoft announced an expansion of programs in Asia as part of its international campaign to improve access to computers. Asia is particularly important to Microsoft with a large growth in the IT industry expected over the next 20-25 years.

Gates, who was in Bangladesh on a one-day visit with wife Melinda Gates, is recognised as one of the world's leading philanthropists. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, founded in 1995, works to improve public health and education in developing countries.

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