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10.04.09

Nigeria Outsources Its Education to Microsoft

Posted in Africa, America, GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Windows at 5:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: 10,000 secondary schools in Nigeria to receive ICT indoctrination from Microsoft

WE HAVE SEEN many recent reports coming from Nigeria where Microsoft turns students into “Windows people” early in their lives [1, 2]. It does not even take Microsoft bribery in Nigeria in order to achieve; it’s part of the same old digital colonisation of Africa (Asia and South America also).

Here is the latest example where Microsoft takes over Nigerian education.

GOVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State has signed an agreement with Microsoft and New Horizons to train over 10, 000 secondary school students on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the state.

From previous reports we’ve learned that Microsoft teaches Nigerian people to recycle old computers using Windows, not GNU/Linux. This is usually marketed as “goodwill” rather than a case of Microsoft protecting its revenue streams and suppressing Free(dom) software. To be fair, not only Microsoft pulls this class of tricks and Bill Gates' investment in Nigerian oil, for example, actually kills many innocent children.

Nigeria should know better. Letting Microsoft people have a say on policy leads to irrational migrations without permission. Meanwhile we find that Google is employing people with a background in/at Microsoft.

Google isn’t opposed to hiring a Microsoft Most Valued Professional. But that doesn’t mean he can keep his Redmond-happy title.

Google should be careful not to employ people whose agenda is with the company that wants to “kill” Google. This is an HR mistake which ultimately leads Google to spreading ActiveX and DirectX, for instance.

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    October 4, 2009 at 10:33 am

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    Interesting. Anambra is right on the edge of the oil-rich and politically turbulent Niger Delta. Microsofters have also been undermining schools in other states on the edge.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/52/NigeriaAnambra.png/200px-NigeriaAnambra.png

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/NigerDeltaStates.png/325px-NigerDeltaStates.png

    I suppose control of the Nigerian oil and control of the Nigerian communications is related to the high volumes of anti-Nigerian material floating about.

    http://consumerist.com/5362936/nigeria-demands-apology-for-sony-ad-implying-theyre-a-source-of-scams

    Nigeria has 49 years of independence. Technological independence will be crucial to maintaining that sovereignty.

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