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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Breaking Barriers and Giving Back

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:

Each one of us, plays a part in society. Putting oneself in the shoes of a person who is less fortunate makes one realize how we take things for granted. It is time we stepped back to reflect. Success is a measure of aspirations and how hard one works while at the same time educating oneself (“Khud”) and how we can contribute to the welfare of others. It is time we raise awareness to “Giving Back” to the society.

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. 

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Graphic Designer from New York visits Khud

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.

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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!  

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Khud joins WISE ed.hub, an Initative of Qatar Foundation

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Khud joins WISE ed.hub, an Initative of Qatar Foundation

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.

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Marketing Madness at Aman Sarai

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Marketing Madness at Aman Sarai

There is no stopping our girls. Traversing over new concepts and techniques the female students at Aman Sarai are now learning Marketing techniques. Jumping from the 4Ps of traditional marketing concepts all the way to the social media outreach tools, our goal is to master marketing techniques. The trainers and facilitators at Khud are helping this team to form a marketing scheme for their upcoming project launch; FatCowTalks. Planning to take the internet by storm with a big bang our team will not reveal details of FatCowTalks- except that a thrilling marketing plan is underway.

The girls have brainstormed various Search Engine Optimization keywords and are going to apply them to ensure that all stakeholders get a good grip of this one of its kind initiative. The unique aspect of this marketing technique is how it brews from the marginalized neighborhood of Lahore- learning from all the bad marketing gimmicks at home and trying to connect with the aesthetics of the world. Reading on the leading marketing experts of the world, putting down their pros and cons and finally applying it on their own project, we are trying it all. 

In the picture above our shy team leader Sonia Kiran, a primary school teacher herself, is mindmapping with her team mates on the basic word ‘food’. In this exercise they laid out everything connected with food- festivities, relationships, memories- everything associated with eating. All of this was tied together with one basic concept; what brings the happy in food? And this is our marketing core; marking out happiness for our viewers.  That also is a sneak peak into our upcoming project. If you like food you are going to love FatCowTalks! Stay tuned for more.     

In the picture above our shy team leader Sonia Kiran, a primary school teacher herself, is mindmapping with her team mates on the basic word ‘food’. In this exercise they laid out everything connected with food- festivities, relationships, memories- everything associated with eating. All of this was tied together with one basic concept; what brings the happy in food? And this is our marketing core; marking out happiness for our viewers. 

That also is a sneak peak into our upcoming project. If you like food you are going to love FatCowTalks! Stay tuned for more.     

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Martin Luther King Day Celeberated at Khud in Conjunction with SOLE Newcastle University

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Martin Luther King Day Celeberated at Khud in Conjunction with SOLE Newcastle University

50 years ago, a great man stood up to fight for liberty and equality and end the racial discrimination that was effecting America and broadly the whole world. The butterfly effect of his truly radical ideas can still be felt in the present day. Dr Martin Luther King Junior dreamed of a world that was undivided in its virtue and spirit. A world, without racial divisions and discrimination. The world is a better place, but as one of our student said today,

“There is much that needs to be done. We must all become like Martin Luther King!” - Anees Ahmed, Grade 5, Marghzar Welfare Society for Special Children.

Newcastle University and Dr. Sugata Mitra invited Khud to become part of a Global SOLE Event and encouraged our students to answer a “Big Question.” It was;

“How is a massively connected world different from the one that we have now and from the one that Dr King was in fifty years ago?” – Dr. Sugata Mitra

After researching about Dr. Martin Luther King and reading and listening to his famous speech, “I have a dream.” The students made a small presentation. The slides are pasted below.  

 

 

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Khud EdTech - Demo Day

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Khud EdTech - Demo Day

We are hosting a Demo Day. Friends and family from NY to Dubai to Lahore will get the opportunity to see the life-altering work we are doing. Within months underprivileged children who had not seen a computer are now designing presentations, editing videos and learning basic programming. We are employing innovative techniques and have truly transformed these kids (with limited teacher intervention). 

We have an exciting agenda planned, starting at 9 am:

  • Children will share their work on artificial intelligence, climate change, stock market and much more
  • True "farm to table" food
  • 4x4 ATV Track where kids (and adults!) can get some thrills!

It will take about an hour to get to the Zahoor School (Khud's first partner school). Below is a map of the location.

 

 
 

 

Some pictures of the gaon:

 

Video of ATVing:

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