Acer to boost Africa’s education sector

Eager to tap into Africa’s education sector, which has been slow to implement IT, Acer is set to offer its Education Centre partner certification in 15 African countries.

This type of partnership arrangement has already been established by Acer in South Africa, with 15 partners working with educational institutions to boost the relationship and interactions between teachers and students using up-to-date technologies.

Program partners will offer schools and other learning institutions access to products and solutions tailored to their needs, as well as specific expertise around technology in the educational sector.

The Acer Education Centre channel program will enable the company recruit a network of regional dealers able to sell, implement and support complete solutions in the education market, said Erik Blom, the education sector business unit manager at Acer.

“With this new certification, we want to create a set of partners who have a deep understanding of the specific technology needs of the education market and how Acer’s products can address these requirements,” Blom said. Blom spoke following the recent launch of the program in Uganda, where ITec Solutions has been appointed as a local Acer partner.

Acer showed off “Acer Classroom Manager,” a touch-screen whiteboard that is linked to a projector and netbooks on student desks, allowing for a seamless interaction between students and teachers.

Blom said the Classroom Manager has been used successfully in South Africa, where its remote access capabilities have been implemented.

Source – Computerworld