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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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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 Launches Computer Classes for Special Children

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Khud Launches Computer Classes for Special Children

Mainstream education set aside, the conditions of the education sector for children with special needs is absolutely appalling. Struck by abject poverty, many families lack the resources to even educate their special children. “As these children demand greater attention and care, they are often neglected and deserted. With no hope for the future, they become victims of the beggar mafia. It is a sad fact, but they are born is misery, live in misery, and die in misery,” says Tanveer Abbas. Tanveer Abbas is the headmaster at Khud’s Partner School Marghazar Welfare Society for Special Children (MWS). MWS was established a decade ago specifically to empower these children, such that they can at least take care of themselves. To enhance their confidence and integrate them in the broader society, MWS promotes inclusive education (60% normal children and 40% special children).

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Irrespective of their age, all special children at MWS start with a basic program. In this program the psychological stability of the child is gauged. Those students who show considerable progress and maturity are graduated to join the inclusive program. Apart from promoting inclusive education, MWS also empowers its student body by teaching them technical skills like embroidery and stitching. Now with MWS-Khud partnership at hand, Khud has decided to not only support inclusive education, but also empower those classes with only special children.

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This week we started our computer learning program with special children of Grade 1 and 2 (most of these children have physical, minor MR and hearing disabilities). Filled with anticipation, these children raced inside the computer lab. Though a little difficult to control, but Miss Madiha who is a co-employee of Khud and MWS, was astonished to discover that they fared far better than normal students. In less than a minute the kids had discovered how to switch on the computers. Realizing the excitement, for the moment she let the kids have their way, assisting only to explain how to use mouse or keyboard. Before we knew it, the kids were experimenting with shortcuts on desktop. Some had already opened Microsoft word, Scratch, Google Chrome and Paint. It was fascinating to see that just by pure chance or hit and trial, two of the students figured out how to create duplicate sprites in Scratch.

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Our work with these truly ‘special’ children has just begun. Once these kids have learned the basics of computing, Khud, assisted by the special-need professionals at MWS, will be designing one-of-a-kind projects particularly geared towards our new target group. Khud believes in the talent of these children and hopes that they will become future computer programmers.

 

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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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Khawaja Naseem visits Khud at Mughalpura School

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Khawaja Naseem visits Khud at Mughalpura School

Khawaja Naseem, the General Secretary of Khud, visited Mughalpura School this week. He oversaw the progress and development of a computer lab that is being set up. Moreover, he visited every single class room and motivated our young learners to never give up. He highlighted the significance of education, computers and self-learning, and concluded his address by raising his fists and encouraged the children to chant, "I can do it," every time they face a challenge in their life. 

During the visit, our GS found that our learners at Mughalpura School take their computer lessons a little bit too seriously. Most of them don't have computers at home, but they have this intense desire to learn typing. Yesterday, we found that our learners had developed these QWERTY paper-keyboards. While waiting for their turn to use computer, the learners practice typing on paper-keyboards. Surprisingly, this innovative invention has enhanced their familiarity with QWERTY layout.

Learner typing on the QWERTY paper-keyboard

Learner typing on the QWERTY paper-keyboard

QWERTY Paper-Keyboard

QWERTY Paper-Keyboard


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