Three Days Into the Internship at Khud - Worth Sharing Experiences

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Three Days Into the Internship at Khud - Worth Sharing Experiences

Four interns, Abdullah, Zoha, Danish and Annie, have been placed in Khud’s partner Haji Boston School for the EdTech program where they facilitate learning on Machine Learning, Internet Basics, Video Editing and Graphic Design respectively.  

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Three days into the internship the four interns have high aspirations for the class. “These students have a real drive to learn! My students pick up new concepts faster than when I was their age”, Zoha tells me. However, the students at Haji Bostan have their work cut out for them.  “Machine Learning is a tall task when the kids have no prior background knowledge in Maths, Statistics or Probability”, noted Abdullah. However, he added, “If we’re successful we open the world to these kids”. These projects as part of Khud’s philosophy are focused on self-discovery and self-learning.  “We explore concepts and let the kids explore the software we (the class) are working with”, says Danish.

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This class so far seems to be progressing really well. When Amina of grade 8 was asked about artificial intelligence she lit up and started listing the potential of machine learning “if we can feed the computer enough data, we can teach computers most things people are able to do!” nuanced as she was quick to point out the down sides, “It’s going to be a rough transition, people will lose jobs”. Roha is learning how to edit videos and tells me that “a video is just a series of moving pictures that we can manipulate in software”. The profound answers by these 10 – 12 year olds is a good indicator of their motivation.

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Thanks Moeed for taking the pictures and covering the story. 

Stay tuned for more exciting updates over the summer.
 

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Khud's 2nd Internship Drive

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Khud's 2nd Internship Drive

On 26th May Khud held its Second Internship Drive at United Stated Education Foundation Pakistan’s (USEFP) Lahore Office. USEFP was cooperative enough to allow us to conduct our session there.

After careful evaluation, ten talented university students have been selected for Khud’s internship and placement at its partner schools. This year, our interns come from a diverse background, some are university student pursuing major in computer sciences, and others are studying students of arts, social sciences and finances.

Interns discussing the education crisis.

Interns discussing the education crisis.

We were glad to see some returning faces, our interns from the First Internship Drive were there. Hamza who was placed at Zahoor Public School last year narrated how much he enjoyed the teaching experience;

“The internship was very moving for me. Not only did I learn how to teach, but the internship also taught me empathy. Initially, commuting to the remote location where the school is situated was very challenging for me, but then I started to enjoy the rural and rustic atmosphere.  Despite of the fact that the children at my school were disadvantaged socio-economically but I saw in their eyes this zeal to learn. And this in turn fueled my determination. I am here to intern and teach once more …”

Finalizing the plan ...

Finalizing the plan ...

Khud is pleased to announce that our internship program begins from 29th of May. Stay tuned for further updates and news.

Khud's Founder Salahudin Khwaja addressing the interns. 

Khud's Founder Salahudin Khwaja addressing the interns. 

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Calling on all Artists, Coders, Designers and Technophiles

An exciting opportunity to become a part of project to impact the lives of underprivileged in real sense. As we plan to run our summer 2017 program in our partner schools, we are looking for interns with excellent aesthetics, coding, designing and technical skills. The interns will be responsible for developing and implementing the project based curriculum to take the EdTech work of Khud to the next level.  If you are an artist, a designer or a technophile drop us a line with your resume/portfolio. To know about basic requirements and skills have a look at the image below.

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Stepping Stone to Self-Learning

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Stepping Stone to Self-Learning

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.

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GIMP Software

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, makings posters 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.

Graphic Deign Curriculum

Graphic Deign Curriculum

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All You Need to Know about Bitcoins

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All You Need to Know about Bitcoins

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?

Yes?

Then, watch these kids in the video explaining ‘bitcoin’ in simple language.

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Akhuwat Clothes Bank visits Marghzar Welfare Society

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Akhuwat Clothes Bank visits Marghzar Welfare Society

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.

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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.

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LGSi and Khud collaborate!

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LGSi and Khud collaborate!

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.

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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.

 

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SOS-Khud Self-Learning Initiative, Phase 1: Language and Communication Skills

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SOS-Khud Self-Learning Initiative, Phase 1: Language and Communication Skills

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.

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