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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.

Noman and Anees

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 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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Khud EdTech Initiative Presentation Overview

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Khud EdTech Initiative Presentation Overview

A brief overview of our pedagogical approach, work we have completed and plans for the future. Covers inspiration we have taken from Socrates, Montessori, Sugata Mitra and Elon Musk in building an EdTech platform to tackle Pakistan's Education Crises. 21 century skills for a 21st century world - problem solving, design, innovation etc. Heavy focus on self-learning and digital skills (presentation, video editing, software programming) which are in turn used to cover traditional subjects.

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Khud Digital Skills - Pakistan Fashion

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Khud Digital Skills - Pakistan Fashion

At our second school there is a tailoring vocational school. We are working with a group of young ladies to build a Pakistan Fashion news aggregator - website initially, then an iPhone App. The goal is to bring this vocational school into the 21 century - imparting modern skills for a modern world.

Singer Stitching Machines EdTech Vocational School Lahore Khud Mughalpura
Stitching EdTech Vocational School Lahore Khud Mughalpura

We are building a structured program using self-learning techniques to get this group to build the aggregator. Content selection, graphic design and so much more.

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One of the students Bushra Amjad has shown great progress. In a very short while (2-3 weeks), she has mastered the basics of Structure Query Language (SQL) from Khan Academy Tutorials.

Other have made great strides in how to edit photographs and carry out marketing of a mobile application.

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We shared the progress of this project (as well other areas that Khud is working on) with Center for Education Innovation (CEI). CEI is focused on NGOs 

striving to increase not only access, but also the quality of education for children in low income communities

Their goal is to

provide systemic and easy-to-access information and evidence about these programs around the world, both big and small. This public good can then aid in global understanding about the results of education innovations, and how to support those that show promise to scale their positive impact

CEI is very interested in our innovative approach to tackling Pakistan's education crises. Especially how we combine self-learning and technology to get around the dearth of qualified teachers. Duncan McCullough of CEI was nice enough to spend time with us and add Khud to the CEI database of education NGOs. We look forward to collaborating with CEI. 

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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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Khud Planning Teacher Training in Collaboration with Gymboree Pakistan

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Khud Planning Teacher Training in Collaboration with Gymboree Pakistan

Yesterday, Khud organized a visit of Gymboree Pakistan to Zahoor School. Farhan Jawa (Corporate Manager) & Renee Rashed (Program Development Manager) offered their support to the school. Our visitors were thrilled by the efforts of Yasmeen Shahid (Zahoor School Principal) and passionate teachers, who have been teaching with limited resources. The visitors also met the students of Grade 5, and reviewed Khud’s Self-Learning via technology project.


As a task, the visitors tested the students by asking them to research about Gymboree Pakistan. Within few minutes, student used Google Chrome, opened Gymboree’s page and responded. Mr. Jawa and Mrs. Rashed were both impressed. As  per part of Gymboree Corporate Social Responsibility Effort  (CSR), the company will be organizing a special teacher training program (learning via projects) to enhance the teaching capabilities of Zahoor School's teachers with a focus on Playgroup - Grade 2.

A special thanks to Sophia Kasuri, Director Gymboree Pakistan, for helping making all this happen.

Gymboree Pakistan Khud Zahoor School Lahore

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