We're Not Stopping

If you read our previous piece, you must be aware of our student’s recent introduction to Udacity and the in-depth learning it offers to anyone and everyone. Well, the kids at MWS have continued their journey with the learning platform and have put in their 100% throughout.


It was due to the undying support of their parents and teachers that the students were able to overcome their initial difficulties at interacting with new and relatively difficult concepts. Now our students have established a strong grip over the topics of lists, functions & classes among other material. However their work doesn’t end with them just having completed the course, but instead the students have now been tasked with a project that actually tests their grasp at these concepts and helps the teachers keep a report of the student’s progress.

Once the students have submitted their projects and gone through the evaluation process, they will be given the opportunity to continue with another course on another learning platform, Udemy. This course will be a literal step-up for the students since they will not only be building on what they’ve already learnt but will also be introduced with the Web crawling framework, Scrapy. This will be quite a challenge for both the students and our teachers, but we have no doubts that together they will be able to tackle whatever may come at them!


Now everyone who knows about us is no stranger to our belief in always trying to take on new challenges and imparting any knowledge, however we can. It is due to this that we have also decided to launch a new graphic designing course for the students at MWS which will offer our more creative students with the opportunity to share their ideas with the rest of the world.

Our dream to bring about a new generation of students that will not only challenge the status-quo, but will be equipped with a variety of skills is slowly bearing fruit and we cannot be anymore proud of our students and the work they’ve been putting in for so long.



The Extra Mile

It’s been a while since you last heard of us but we’ve been up to some really interesting stuff and are extremely excited to take you along the journey that is to come.

We’ve always talked about going the extra mile and doing something different, so keeping in line with our beliefs we took on the task of enrolling our students in an online course being offered at Udacity, an online portal that offers hundreds of courses that revolve around the world of programming.


The particular course that our students were enrolled in is the “Programming Foundations with Python” course that introduces students to intermediate programming and more specifically, oriented programming. This course, however, is taught in English, a language that our students aren’t a 100% confident about yet but our teachers have not let that become a hurdle for learning. They’ve worked tirelessly with our students and ensured that they take home every bit of learning the course has to offer.


This course is structured in a way that depends on project-based learning and therefore requires students to work in a collaborative manner i.e. within teams. So, this course has not only taught our students programming but also helped them build on their team building skills and helped them realize the importance of working together to achieve a common goal; a trait that will be of immense importance to them during their professional lives.


Our students at MWS have shown some remarkable progress since they began working with us and the completion of this course will certainly be a milestone worthy of being proud of. Such growth just goes on to show that with constant effort and the right attitude, anything and everything is possible.



Building Bridges and Empowering Kids

With the new year came new opportunities, which meant new challenges for our team here at Khud. We had ended 2017 with a few outreach programs which saw us partnering with different organizations and even schools to achieve common goals. Our aim for 2018 was to continue this outreach and expand our community as far as possible. Keeping in line with this, we at Khud decided to partner with the Harsukh School; a privately run school situated near Bedian in Lahore.

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This school is currently under the care of Justice (R) Jawwad S. Khawaja and his family who launched it about two years ago to impart quality education to the children of this rural area.The school is a welfare project exclusively funded by the family. Our collaboration came about due to the existing need for improving and consolidating  digital classes at the school where an IT lab was waiting to become a vibrant instrument of 21st century.


The program has kick started with 22 students ranging from the 5th grade to the 7th. The program has provided many students with their first ever interaction with computers in general and therefore it’ll be safe to say that the first few classes were a bit overwhelming for both the students and our teachers as the students had never been exposed to the world of technology, and computers in particular.


“This entire experience has been highly satisfying, mainly because I feel proud of the fact that I have been able to bridge the gap that existed between these students and the world of computers by offering them these classes. The students are quite excited to embark on this learning journey and their enthusiasm is evident in the spark I see in their eyes every time we conduct these lessons”. These were the feelings of Danish, who is currently heading this particular project over at Harsukh and by the looks of things is quite excited for the future!

We still have a long way to go since the students are slowly becoming familiar with computers and all the learning that comes along with it, but their willingness to learn is definitely a constant source of motivation for all of us here and we are surely excited for what awaits us.

We would also like to thank Naeem Ahmad for connecting Khud with Harsukh. 


Dream No More! A Step Forward towards the Digital World


Dream No More! A Step Forward towards the Digital World


We started our journey with a mission; a mission to change the educational system in Pakistan and inculcate technology in the learning experience our kids would be exposed to. Our ideas didn’t fit in with the standard, accepted beliefs individuals had regarding the education experience but we stuck to our beliefs and continued on our journey of revolutionizing the education system. Along the way we’ve met people who’ve shared our ideologies and have offered us support in one form or the other.


Salahuddin Khawaja; the founder of Khud was able to garner support from  Mr.Omer Khawaja & Mr.Naseem Khawaja , who alongside their group of friends made it possible for us to establish a unique state-of-the-art laboratory in Zahoor School situated in a little village on Multan road in Lahore. The students at Zahoor School were excited to embark on this journey but their school lacked the basic infrastructure to support such lessons so we turned to the public to support us in our cause and these individuals stepped up to help turn this dream into a reality.


The school now has the honor of being the only one in the village which houses such facilities and offers students an opportunity to take on the challenges of the digital world and enter an entirely new realm of learning. A student at the school expressed their delight at now having their own personal computer lab, “I think this is a great opportunity for us to learn an entirely new subject!”

This would not have been possible without our dedicated team, the donors and the principal of Zahoor school, Ms.Yasmeen Shahid whose continuous efforts made it possible for a mere idea to transform into reality.


Our family keeps on growing but the mission is far from over, in fact we’ve only just begun!


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To Infinity & Beyond!

“You’re being fired upon while trying to hold your ship steady as you make your way through infinity and beyond!” Sounds like a pretty decent pitch for a game, right?


Well this is exactly what our young geniuses at Maghazar have produced after a hard couple of months, where they’ve learnt new skills, experimented with different techniques and finally completed a simple, but nonetheless impressive video game.

While this was something to be super excited about, the students didn’t let this excitement take over and instead continued their lessons as planned, which meant that over the past few weeks they’ve learnt concepts as complicated as conditional statements, loops and some functions amongst some more developing tools.


The students were visited yet again by their friends from LGSi who have now developed quite a bond with them. The students seemed more comfortable this time around and engaged in activities that included writing stories, drawing and a few games here and there to keep both sides engaged.


All in all, its been an extremely productive week since not only have the students developed their first ever game and hence completed an integral part of their training, they have also developed a close relationship with students from LGSi which only makes us excited for the programs that are to follow!


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We’ve Got Developers Here!! – Khud + LGSi + MWS

So, back to life at Marghzar Welfare Society where we had one of our very first collaborative sessions which saw students from LGSi coming together to teach students at Marghzar.


With the intention being to bridge the gap between these students from vastly different backgrounds, students were divided into 4 groups and had already planned interactive activities such as storytelling, drawing, and even educational activities such as math worksheets. This particular session provided the students from MWS with learning that was different from their usual day-to-day program, and at the same time was a whole new learning experience for students from LGSi, a few of whom claimed that this was actually their first time working with kids outside their school.


Overall, I’d say we accomplished our mission of bringing together these two groups of kids!

However, our students at MWS take no breaks and are currently full steam on their games, and in order to execute them, they’re being taught python and its more complicated concepts. Initially things were a bit shaky, but the students have been able to work slowly but steadily and have successfully developed basic functioning of their space ships, and border checking (let’s just say its complicated enough to escape our understanding!). Their main aim? To make a really cool game that revolves around the idea of ‘blowing stuff up in space’, I think we’d like a game like that!


Since we wanted our sessions to be more than just about coding, we’ve tried to insert lessons related to the importance of developing problem solving skills, and that has required us to reflect on real life scenarios that the kids might have found themselves in or situations that we find ourselves in daily. The idea here is to not only help them understand the importance of such skills in the programming world, but also provide them with an idea of how important it is to have a positive outlook in our everyday lives as well.


So, the students are picking up on the lessons pretty quickly and by the look of things, they should have their game’s ready by next week! I for one, cannot wait to try out their game!


Let’s wish them best of luck for the pivotal week that is about to follow!



We’re back! Pakistan's Fashion News Aggregator

These words correctly describe the sentiments of Hassan Aftab, a member of Khud and the project head of ‘Aletere’, a one-of-its-kind fashion aggregation project. A news aggregator is quite simply a software or application which brings together a variety of other sites together under one web for easy viewing. So, our mission is to create a software which does exactly that and helps create a portal of sorts where you can find anything and everything related to fashion!

The project was initially born in a local school, but administrative difficulties caused us to shift our operations to a separate facility, which of course meant a lot of logistical work for the team but all of that hard work seems to be paying off since the facility is meant to be operational from next week!

The facility houses a team of local girls who were trained specifically for this particular project and are the brains behind this idea. Not only are they motivated and eager to embark on this exciting journey, their parents actually echo the same sentiments and have been nothing but supportive throughout this process, which is a huge motivation for not only them but us as well!

                                                                              An inside look at our new facility

                                                                            An inside look at our new facility

This facility, which will be known as the ‘Digital Training Center’ from now on, will not only be used as our base for developing this software, but will also serve as a classroom for girls currently residing in nearby localities. These girls will have the opportunity to register themselves for computing courses that will be taught by our brilliant team of young girls at Aletere! So not only are these talented girls budding developers but also future teachers, and we could not be any prouder of them!

The road ahead looks a bit tough since we are still in the final stages of preparing our training center and are also in the search of other opportunities that can help us establish multiple revenue streams for both Khud and the Aletere team in specific.

With all of that being said, after 3 months of being MIA, Team Aletere is officially back!



Our Little Legends

Today we shall take you to a little town Mughalpura, located some 20 odd km from the Pakistan-India border. The town gets its name from the Great Mughal Empire, and its residents are nothing short of legendary as well (get the joke?). We travelled to Haji Bostan School, where our graphic designing program is currently underway.


We’re currently in the third week of the program and the progress has been exemplary, because not only have the students grasped basic knowledge about graphic designing and its core concepts, they have also perfected certain tricks and trades.

One aspect of graphic designing that we’ve emphasized upon is the cropping tool since not only does it have a lot of minor details associated with it, but it is a tricky skill to learn and usually takes a long time to learn. But, as I pointed out above that the residents here are ‘legendary’, and these kids have been able to not just learn, but become pretty efficient at learning these tools and have already begun implementing them in their work.


The next week is when things start to get a bit tricky for the students but then again, these are legendary kids who I am sure will surprise us yet again with their super quick learning abilities. Haji Bostan School has truly been an exciting and rewarding experience and the next few weeks shall be nothing less as well.

Written by: Hasan Saeed



It’s not all that easy

Last time we met, our sessions at Marghzar had just started to gain momentum and the students were progressing quicker than expected.

However, one thing that all of us need to understand is that no matter how perfect things might seem, no matter how well-thought out your plans are, there still are set-backs. Instances where you begin to question your strategies and whether you really were doing things right or if you needed to change your approach. These aren’t failures so to say, but moments of reflection, since they provide us with a clear image of how the journey has been uptil now, and what can be done to improve the road that we are yet to embark upon.

Here at Marghzar, we too did face some difficulties but for us these are instances to learn, to grow and to become better at what we do.


The biggest challenge has been the amount of practice that the students have been able to involve themselves in outside the classroom. These students come from relatively underprivileged areas, and therefore do not have access to computers at homes and therefore cannot work on their projects from the comforts of home.

This concern was amplified by the fact that the parents of these students are mostly uneducated, which means that the students fail to find a certain level of reinforcement from them. They can not look to them for help regarding their courses, or ask them to work with them.

But then we asked ourselves, is any challenge really big enough for someone whose passionate about the work that they do?

Our students answered this question by showing up regularly to classes, by participating eagerly in the discussions and using their limited access to the best of their abilities in hopes of learning as much as they possibly can. And have they exceeded our expectations!!

Our journey with Marghzar has only just begun, and we are certainly excited for the road that is to follow, because things can only get bigger and better from here on!



Students' Final Digital Projects Underway

This penultimate week has had more than its fair share of ups and downs. The final projects are coming together but the building has had internet connection problems leading our mentors to be more creative with assignments. But, we are not giving up. We face challenges and come up with innovative solutions (just like our students do) to deal with them, said an intern at Haji Bostan School.

This week the 8th, 7th and 6th grade students are busy building their storyboards. They have been discussing different storylines and then sharing them with Danish. The students are watching other works from leading studios to help them come up with the framing and the script. “The students have a confidence problem since they have never done something like this before.” Says Danish and then adds, “this is good for them”.

                               The class watches SING while the internet is out with the lights off

The class of graphic design took advantage of internet troubles to watch the Disney movie sing and then moved to studying logos. “We’re going to trace a few and then move on to redesigning them” tells me Annie. Their final project for the month is to make a logo of their own. “This is a good way to introduce them to good design practices and learn the software"

                     Zoha's Class makes presentations about what they've learnt in the 2 month course

The class on intro to the internet and content authority has their own assignment coming up. They have to make a presentation on each of the two major topics. This way they review what they have learned and learn how to use PowerPoint, another skill in their toolbox.

Pictures and content: Abdul Moeed Asad.