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IT academy opens doors

Shayal Devi
Thursday, March 05, 2015

THE opening of a $110,000 Information Technology Academy in Fiji is aimed at promoting digital literacy among students.

The 50-terminal IT academy, endorsed by world renowned software company Microsoft, is situated at Natabua High School.

It was opened by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Australian High Commissioner Margaret Twomney in Lautoka yesterday.

It was built through the efforts of Australian NGO Reach 4 Your Future Foundation and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University.

According to Ms Twomney, technology was a tool of empowerment and with the roll out of Microsoft IT Academy programs, students of Natabua High School would be able to access global industry leading technology skills.

"Academic institutions are at the core of students' development ecosystem of our young generation of scholars in their communities and local industries," she said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum commended the venture and said the training received from the centre would enable students to receive a lot of information in a concerted manner.

Reach 4 Your Future Foundation president Ganesh Sen said they were now working to connect the resource centre, library and staff rooms in order to create a wireless hub at the school.

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