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Teacher Training Organized by Khud in Collaboration with Gymboree (Beaconhouse)

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Teacher Training Organized by Khud in Collaboration with Gymboree (Beaconhouse)

Khud in collaboration with Gymboree Pakistan organized a 2 days special teacher training workshop at Beaconhouse Head Office in Lahore. Nearly 18 primary level teachers from Khud’s partner schools benefited from this exciting opportunity. The teachers were given extensive training on topics ranging from class room management, lesson planning, numeracy and phonics.

Reene Rashed carrying out the teacher training workship

Reene Rashed carrying out the teacher training workship

Miss Maryam, a teacher from Mughalpura School said that, "(t)his workshop has provided me a good knowledge about teaching skills and lesson planning. It will certainly help me improve discipline in my class. I also learnt how I can deliver lecture in simple words keeping in regard the I.Q level of the students of my class."

Her colleague Miss Uzma shared her experience, "This workshop was very useful for me. In this workshop I learnt the modern methods to teach the students. I also learnt how to deliver a good lecture in a short time with the help of lesson planning. I personally like the class management rules told by Miss Reene. It will help me improve discipline in my class."

Teachers from partner schools of Khud

Teachers from partner schools of Khud

Miss Parveen from the Zahoor School was the star of the training, she not only actively participated, but also gave constructive feedback regarding the teaching methodologies to her colleagues. She really enjoyed learning about phonetics and said, "This workshop will be very beneficial for me in educational field. Earlier I was not aware of jolly phonics. It will certainly make my lessons more enjoyable and change the learning experience for my students." Primary year’s teacher Miss Fozia also shared her experience with us, "Earlier, I found difficulty in retaining student attention. Now with the help of strategies that Miss Renee has given, I will be able to do that."

At the end of training session, Madam Yasmeen the principal of Zahoor Public School was kind enough to praise the efforts of Khud. She said that such further training would help the under resourced and marginalized schools to developed sophisticated understanding of contemporary teaching practices.

Reene Rashed highlighting class room management strategies.

Reene Rashed highlighting class room management strategies.

The teachers were very excited throughout the training and actively participated in the discussions. Reene Rashed, the teacher trainer, applauded the efforts of the teachers and encouraged them to carry forth this great duty of empowering and teaching the next generation. She was very generous and patient with our teachers, and we would like to extend a special thanks to her. Moreover, we are also thankful to Sophia Kasuri and Farhan Jawa for organizing this training. In near future, Gymboree plans to hold follow up sessions at our partner schools to encourage our teachers to implement the prescribed teaching methodologies in their classrooms.

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Introducing Khud

Khud is a small experiment hoping to make a big impact. Khud's mission is to give underprivileged children in Pakistan (and maybe beyond?) a fighting chance.  

The Pakistan education crisis has multiple insane dimensions. To boil it down quantitatively:

  • 25 Million children do not go to school
  • 1.25 Million teachers are needed

Qualitatively the news is not good either. The children that are in school are not exactly getting a great education. The rote-learning based system does not prepare them to tackle the world in truly productive way. 

Khud is not going to reinvent the wheel. We plan to take take insights from:

  • Socrates and his method around letting students arrive at their own conclusions
  • Maria Montessori and her approach that encouraged children to play and teach themselves
  • Sugata Mitra and his approach around self organized learning

The plan is to start this experiment in a school on the outskirts of Lahore. Make mistakes, gather data, learn - be agile. Then scale. 

Wish us luck. Share our story. Connect with us.

Stay tuned for more.

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