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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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Delivering Impact - 30 Day Plan

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We are back, post Ramadan. Here is our plan for the next 30 days. Drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you. 

Focused on these areas:

1. projects
2. guest speakers
3. movie night
4. grade 4 plan
5. blog posts 
6. website v2
7. miscellaneous  

Interested in the details? Read on below.

We will also be introducing the team behind this. One post at a time!

Look forward to sharing more details with you all.

 

 

30 DAY PLAN

 

This is what we will try to do.  We have to get this right. If we do, we will have a running start in making a dramatic impact on the life of these kids and set them up for something great.

 

 

1. Project

DAY 1 

show  a simple video around "what is the internet?"

then show a simple video around "what is a presentation"

also, show some great sample presentations

then split in 4 groups (if they aren't in them already)

assign each one a topic - this is what TED Prize winner Sugata calls "big questions"

we are going to take it to the next level

and give them 30 days to work on a presentation

here are the 4 questions
1) what is success? 
2) what is wordpress?
3) how does google work?
4) what makes art great? 

 

DAY 2+

free to do what they want

use notebooks as a "whiteboard" for ideas

presentations will be made with Haiku Decks

 

 

DAY 30

after 30 days see how far they have gotten

maybe new topics

maybe move hands on - coding? 

aggressive goals 

 

 

2. Guest Speakers

bring 1 spekar in per month

talk on any topic

no limitations

we will blog about it too!

anyone visiting Lahore and wants to speak?

 

 

3. Movie Night

animation

e.g. inside/out is supposed to be deep - how human emotions work

also, documentaries 

 

 

4. Grade 4

in addition to grade 5, start expanding to grade 4

we have built a tech lab, let others use it too

 

 

 

5. Blog Posts 

 

keep connected with you all

write 1 post a week

share progress, get your thoughts

 

 

 

6. Website 

updating the website 

focus on:
empowering kids w/ 21 century skills - problem solving, team work
data driven
approach agility

 

 

7. Miscellaneous

collaboration with our friends at Ted and School in the Cloud

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Your thoughts and feedback are welcome.

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Empowering Students Through Self Learning

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Empowering Students Through Self Learning

Simply put - the education system in Pakistan has failed in producing young adults with skills that are needed in the 21st century: creativity, teamwork and problem solving. We at Khud are going to rectify that. By providing an environment to children where we harness the innate and powerful ability of “self-learning.”

Prescription is out. Freedom to roam is in. Why? As Elon Musk put’s it:

"If you want to teach children how engines work, you wouldn’t want to first teach them all about wrenches and screwdrivers. Rather you would show them the engine, and ask how they would take it apart. Then a very important thing happens, which is that the relevance of the tools becomes apparent.”

The world is changing way too fast. We should be looking to empower children so they can solve their own problems. Otherwise they will never be able to keep up. The adage of “teaching someone to fish” could not be truer for our times.

How are we going to go about it at Khud? We are going to be agile - experiment, fail/learn and adapt.

Our starting point – in our first school we provided students with laptops connected to internet and gave them a space to see what they would do. Their response? We need to learn how to type and type fast. They googled around and found a way to test their typing speed. Off to the races!

children typing data driven education sole self learning

In addition to our principle of being agile, we want Khud to be data driven. That way we can be objective around determining what works and what does not. We hit gold with “Typing speed” – great data point to track progress. Speed increased 400% in a matter of days:

Typing Speed Progress Learning SOLE Lahore

Shared this data with Dr James Stanfield (who is working with Sugata Mirta around the School in the Cloud  initiative) and Sarah Schoengold (who is the TED Prize Project Coordinator) and they too thought it was a great way to measure progress. With all the various efforts related self-organized learning that they know of, they had not seen anyone measuring this. So great news – we are blazing a trail.

We are not going to stop here. Our goal is to find more data points to measure progress and literacy. As easy as this may sound, it is going to be an uphill climb. We are not going to shy away. So stay tuned for more around this.

[Image Credit: Sukhdev Sing]

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