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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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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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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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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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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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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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EdTech - Programming Out of Poverty - From Scratch to Python

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EdTech - Programming Out of Poverty - From Scratch to Python

This post around "Programming out of Poverty" resonated with many readers.

If you are interested in helping expanding this program - Drop our founder a line (email Salah Khawaja).

Renowned theoretical physicist and astronomer Stephen Hawking articulates, “Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.” Here at Khud we concur!

After the successful completion of our summer ‘Scratch Programming’ course Khud has graduated its students to the next stage of computer programming - ‘Python Programming’. This new project is being executed at two of Khud’s partner schools in Lahore - Zahoor Public School and Marghazar Welfare Society for Special Children (MWS).

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We wanted to use free online learning resources and harness the power of self-learning. Our broader aim is easily replicate this approach at other needy schools. After extensive research by our education specialists and advisors, we selected Code Combat's amazing curriculum. Khud would like to extend a special thanks to Michael ‘Maka’ Gradin for helping us navigate through the curriculum and technical aspects of their platform. Via short computer games that are geared towards young learners, ‘Code Combat’ inculcates critical thinking, problem solving and foundations of computer languages. Even teachers with little to no prior programming experience can use this platform.

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We are thrilled to report that many of our young learners have taken a peculiar liking for ‘Python Programming.’ In this moment, we would like to celebrate two of our students who have shown groundbreaking progress; Noman Allah Dita and Anees Ahmed of Grade 5 from MWS. Noman and Anees have completed more than 60 stages included short introductory courses on game development and web development.

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Noman and Anees

They and their fellow students are now well versed in numerous basic programming concepts like while true-loops, variables, python-syntax and others. Take in regard that more than 80% of these kids don’t have a computer at home and they only started to use computer in last 3-4 months.

Khud has high expectations from these kids. We hope that we can sharpen their intellect and make them successful computer programmers, entrepreneurs, and problem solvers.

 
 

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Khud Ed-Tech Initiative partners with Marghzar Welfare Society

Marghzar Welfare Society was established in 1995 with a mission to stimulate inclusive education for special children. Special Children are neglected part of our society. Often, people see such children/persons with hatred and make fun of them because of their being different. The words such people utter or the action they make may sound them good and funny, but such act thrashes these children in their heart.

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In order to change the view of society, Marghzar Welfare Society has taken a bold step. Inclusive program indulges special children (students with disabilities) and normal children under one roof. They study at same place, play at same place, enjoy the same facilities and think the same way. This boosts their morale and help them to fight with the challenges in their life. A time will come when society will esteem such children, see them and make them realize that they are one of us. They may be called special but they are special for all of us.

Taking these factors in consideration, Khud Ed-Teach Initiative realized the significance of working in such a marginalized community. Khud Ed-Teach Initiative is proud to announce collaboration with Marghzar Welfare Society. During the summers of 2016 we piloted with our scratch programming. Taking this forward, together the two will be collaborating at all levels and continue the work hard to make our children critical learners of 21st century.

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Now, disabled children will also be taught the computer skills. Every single children requires individual attention. The deaf are taught by the sign and visualizing them with a demo, physically disabled can be taught just like normal if there brain is developed as the normal and for the one slow at learning can be taught with a slower pace. The basic are told and explained in detail during their class, so they can easily absorb what is being taught to them in the laboratory. Disabled children are very moody, some like typing but some prefer painting as compared to typing. Some like playing games. Initially to make them feel comfortable, it is suggested to let them do what they like, so once they enjoy using the system. The purpose of teaching is pretty much clear.

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Khud initiative does not focus on one part, but is diversified to fit all. The team and their hard work is the result the kids of 5th standard at Marghzar Welfare Society can even email to anyone provided with the email. The deaf can write a detailed information on Microsoft Word and no one can even guess if they are hearing impaired or not. Khud is collaborating with Marghzar to make the students of Marghzar Welfare Society to battle at the upfront in their life using technology.

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Scratch Programming and Intern Experiences

As Khud's Summer Internship Program 2016 comes to close, three of the interns working on Scratch Programming share their experiences.

Ahmad Afzal

This was my second venture with Khud and I feel that  they are doing some remarkable work for an incredible cause. There is nothing more fulfilling than enabling students to learn skills that are relevant and needed in the modern day world. The students and I worked together to understand basic computer skills even though they didn't have any prior computer know how. Scratch is an incredible programming tool by MIT and easy to learn for children and I feel that it must be the part of our education framework. Khud is perhaps the first education institution that has picked on the changing trends and incorporated it in their teaching schedules from which this generation of students is going to benefit a great deal!

I am looking forward to working with this incredible team again and learn from their visionary approach to solve Pakistan's education crisis. 

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Bilal Ahmad Khan:

My journey with Khud began in 2015. My friends and I made a five member (5x Rivals) team. We were assigned a task by Khud to make a game. The game is called Captain Warner and is right now available on Android Playstore.

During summers of 2016, Khud selected some interns for their EdTech Platform for various tasks in different schools. It has been a wonderful journey to teach children, and in the process, I started getting different experiences.

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Children were so cooperative and inspired when they came to know that they will learn Scratch programming. The kids were inquisitive, they tried leveraging their time and have perform well. Though the children came from marginalized areas and had very little grasp over computers, it was so astonishing that the kids learned really well and kept pace with our weekly planners. To teach children, we have designed and completed different tasks; quizzes, games etc.

In process you start loving children so called the little programmers of the future. I hope these kids have a bright future and I pray that they will flourish in their lives. I am sure, these children will work for betterment of the Nation and their community.

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Hamza Tariq:

My experience with Khud was great. I really enjoyed my internship. I experienced many great moments while teaching. I will cherish these moment and feelings in years to come. While teaching Scratch programming, the main project I was tasked with is to make an online curriculum of Scratch using packed options.

For this, I used variety of tools; EdX, Youtube, MIT and Harvard curriculum. I did my best to make it. My seniors were very cooperative they guided me appropriately. In future I want to work with Khud if possible. I wish the management and the children all the best in their future endeavors.

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English Acceleration Program & Intern Experiences

As Khud's Summer Internship Program 2016 comes to close, two of the interns working on English Acceleration share their experiences.

Fatima Mohsin Naqvi:

Equipping the kids with the tools to learn on their own has been the primary goal of Khud from the beginning; it is thus increasingly exciting to see the course the English acceleration program has taken. Now on week five, the students have absorbed a plethora of new ideas and are comfortable using them in everyday language. Most importantly, they have realized the importance of a different kind of learning, one that is inherently different than the rote learning they are accustomed to.  Most of the credit falls to the E-learning program that we have incorporated in our syllabus; the interactive activities found in each lesson have given a new take on the subject.

Students using the e-learning program:

After exhausting the e-learning website, students are now currently following a video series that explain important grammar basics through Urdu. They believe this to be on par with the E-learning website, both in terms of understandability and content.

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Another promising development is that most students are more interested and curious in what they’re studying now so whenever they find themselves stuck on a certain word most students Google the meaning on their own or put it into Google translate and figure it out themselves. Hoping to have a ripple effect, this will give rise to the idea that they can do this outside the classroom as well and will result in a myriad of phenomenal possibilities.

 

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Ali Mirza:

On the first day of the summer internship program, it was hard to believe that this amount of progress would be made in such a short amount of time. The students have increased their skills drastically, mainly in speaking, reading, listening and understanding. They have attempted various activities on http://www.e-learningforkids.org/  using the assistance of YouTube videos on the relevant topics. Our main aim of self-learning is being achieved through this method, and the students engage with each other and have fun while attempting these activities. They require very little assistance from the facilitators except for when they are being tested on their speaking skills. English Acceleration through self-learning has been a very vital tool towards improving the level of their education.

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