Khud given opportunity to the students to explore and do practical traditional cultivation of land practically. At first they were provided information about soil quality and then how to prepare land for cultivation.
The journey on the road of self-learning for a student is quite thrilling and fun but it requires facilitation. For a student that has never used computer, there are certain barriers to entry i.e. English language, typing and basic maneuvering. While these arenas are addressed, in parallel our foundation curriculums based on project based learning (PBL) are executed. These innovative PBL courses actually have an overall positive impact as they stimulate the student to use computer more often, hence accelerating his learning.
To tap the child’s creative potential, a carefully designed step-by-step approach is required. This approach needs to be directed, yet at the same it must have enough room to allow the student to explore his creativity. The curriculum for this self-learning pedagogy is designed by Khud’s education specialists.
The stepping stone curriculum is Graphic Designing (GD). Irrespective of one’s age, any student – under the careful facilitation of local teacher – can follow the GD curriculum. Through numerous short projects students develop familiarity with GIMP software, making collages, using paint and photo editing. Thanks to its vibrancy and openness, many students explore their creativity and aesthetics. As they are also required to research and download photographs from internet, the GD curriculum adamants students’ confidence in using computer. Usually the GD curriculum takes 2-3 months to cover, and it’s one of the most popular courses in Khud partner schools.
Millenniums ago, our hunter-gatherer ancestors began trade through barter system. As they settled and established numerous civilizations, precious metals, coins and stones were used to trade different commodities. Next came the notion of paper currency from China. Steadily, its nature too has changed overtime, but generally the nation-state backed banks have held control over the individual currencies. In an attempt to break the dominance of centralized state-managed currencies, an unidentified programmer codenamed “Satoshi Nakamoto,” introduced a ground breaking digital currency, ‘Bitcoins’.
Powerpoint Presentation about Bitcoin (click to see more)
Inspired by the success of digital currency and anticipating the bright future of bitcoins, a group of students at Khud’s partner school – Bostan Public School - was given this topic to create a presentation about. These young learners struggled in the beginning as it was a new concept for them.
Wondering what have they learned? Want to know about Bitcoins? Interested in making profits through digital currency?
Then, watch these kids in the video explaining ‘bitcoin’ in simple language.
Khud organized a workshop on soldering at one of its school. Boys and girls were provided with equal opportunity to learn this simple skills. Students who were mostly belong to periphery of Lahore at this particular school, were excited to learn it.
14th March was an auspicious day for the special students of Marghzar Welfare Society (MWS) in PCSIR III Lahore. A team of ten individuals from Akhuwat Clothes Bank (ACB) visited the school, arranged a carnival and distributed toys and clothes amongst the student body. Numerous activities like face painting, quizzes, painting competition and different types of races were held by the visitors. The students were thrilled and actively participated in these activities. ACB was kind enough to give clothes not just for the students, but also for their parents.
This collaboration between ACB and MWS was arranged thanks to Khud’s efforts. ACB was pleased to tell us that not only did they enjoyed their visit but they would also like to visit Khud’s other partner schools to donate clothes and toys. ACB updated us that they have distributed nearly 1.3 million clothes in Pakistan. This is a marvelous effort worthy of much applause. Like many others; Khud, its partner schools and its students are in ACB’s gratitude.
One of the top academic institutions of the country, Lahore Grammar School International, has entered into a partnership with Khud. As a result of this collaboration, students from different backgrounds will be interacting in a common learning space using EdTech techniques. Students from grade 6 to grade 8 assist students of Khud from MughalPura and Aman Sarai, working in close coordination with each other for mutual support and learning. With a first of its kind interaction between the students from these two institutions their instant connection gave facilitators great hope for continued collaboration in future as well.
The students from LGSi visit weekly the MughalPura school and help girls with various jobs including content generation. Similarly students from Khud visit LGSi too and with this activity our teams have not only developed a good work ethic but a mutually respected and dynamic engagement group. Below is a photograph of girls from Aman Sarai at LGSi, working in the lab on an assignment of developing a business plan and later presenting it together.
Currently students maintain a portal online where they share and generate ideas and uphold truly the spirit of students organizing themselves. This partnership symbolizes how education can connect minds beyond constraints of privilege and status and we hope this grows to embody greater, more nobler pursuits in the future.
Khud is proud to announce its partnership with globally renowned non-governmental international development organization SOS Children’s Village. This week, in their Lahore Village, we have launched SOS-Khud Self-Learning Initiative, Phase I: Language and Communication Skills for fifteen brilliant students of age ranging between 15 and 20.
Utilizing our ed-tech platform and enabled by our facilitators, young students will be inculcated in fluency of spoken English and presentation skills. After this, they will graduate to Phase II, which is scheduled to begin in early April.
In the Phase II this youth will be empowered with marketable digital skills like web designing, maintenance and development. The second phase is being designed by our education specialists with the aim that these graduates would have sufficient knowledge to gain instant employability.
We are thankful to Ms. Zerka Tahir of Akhuwat Foundation for connecting us with the supporting and dedicated staff of SOS Children’s Village - Ms. Almas Butt and Ms. Maimoona Saeed.
The adage "chance favors the bold" should be updated to reflect the times - "changes favors the bold with opportunities." Opportunities are aplenty for the privileged. Can we break the barriers in our class-divided society to make it more egalitarian and give opportunities to children who are not as fortunate?
This is at the heart of what we are doing at Khud. At Demo Day we had children from our program give insightful presentation on a range of topics - from Artificial Intelligence to Climate Change. In the audience, Zain Bokhari, an astute young observer, noticed the life-changing power of giving such opportunities.
He created this deeply-touching video:
This is what he had to say:
In bridging the gap, we not only give opportunity but we get the opportunity to learn by broadening our (class constrained) horizons. This gives me hope.
Khud was honored to host Feeza Mumtaz at its partner school Aman Sarai this week. Feeza is a graphic designer based in New York, currently teaching at the renowned National College of Arts in Lahore. A book cover designer and as well as a branding expert- Feeza plays many roles and play them all well. She guided our girls at Aman Sarai on marketing strategies for the the launch of their upcoming project.
Shy at first, the young learners at Aman Sarai opened up and contributed fully to the discussion Feeza initiated. Studying global trends to their own personal preferences, everything under the umbrella regarding successful branding was discussed. Color schemes, brand essence, target audience are few of the many topics that were discussed. Below is a photograph of Feeza at Aman Sarai with the girls who are working with Khud.
Having laid the fundamentals of branding, the marketing team is building up on their thoughts and with Feeza’s continued guidance will launch their new project with an unparalleled sophistication. Beginning with the traditional 4P’s of marketing and tying it with the constantly transforming social media, our Marketing team is all set for the challenges coming their way.
Stay tuned to find out what this new project launch is about and how skillfully our team handles its branding!
World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) was established by Qatar Foundation in 2009. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for purposeful creative thinking, innovation, debate, collaboration and engagement. This global platform integrates development organizations from about 200 countries across the world into a community that collectively seeks to find creative solutions to solve challenges facing current education system.
Much like WISE, Khud also believes that education holds the key to solve global challenges across the world – poverty, injustice, unemployment, conflict, inequality and global warming. Problem is that the current education system is not providing the skills required to meet the needs of future generation.
Khud is proud to become part of the growing community at WISE. We hope to share our findings and partnering with the other Pakistani and international organizations registered with WISE.
You can read more on Khud at WISE ed.hub.