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Seeds of Success with Khud’s EdTech Mission

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Seeds of Success with Khud’s EdTech Mission

Can you imagine the feelings of the children from a small school in a small village in Lahore when their school opens a computer lab for them? Ecstatic is a small word. Now that they had a whole new avenue of learning open to them, they were excited at the things they could learn. What’s more; these students had the privilege that theirs is the only school in the village with a computer lab.

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Yes, we are talking about Zahoor School, the first school that Khud collaborated with, in their mission to teach digital skills of today to underprivileged children of Pakistan. This was where it all started. Khud team faced many challenges in the beginning in setting up and carrying out courses in another place but it was all worth it now that there are multiple collaborations under the organization’s belt and the progress of each is a testament in itself.

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The computer lab at Zahoor School today is a state-of-the-art facility where so many children learned the use of computers as a pre-requisite to taking more advanced digital courses. At present, the students there are being taught three professional digital courses: video editing, programming and web development. Video editing is being taught using Premiere Pro, programming using Python and web development through CSS/HTML. Premiere Pro, which is a professional video editing program by Adobe, is a superb tool which can be used in graphic designing, computer animation, film making, photography and any field related to visual creativity hence, can open so many avenues of opportunities for these students.

The reason for selecting these programs is that they are the most suited to have the students get prepared for professional experiences and find earning opportunities on the basis of these skills. These are also the skills which are going to define the future of technology and anyone adept in these skills is guaranteed to thrive in a technologically advanced world.

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Many students out of these courses have enough practice that they have started working on some commercial projects and are already on the way to start earning money on the basis of their newly-acquired skills. We have high hopes from these students to go out in the professional world and make a mark for themselves.

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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.

GIMP Software

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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