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TECHJUICE CEO's VISIT TO KHUD MINI-INCUBATORS FOR WOMEN

Fatima Rizwan visits Autome.me

Fatima Rizwan visits Autome.me

Khud Initiative is currently supporting local young women entrepreneurs at two of its collaborating institutions to empower them and help them master soft skills for their startups. Motivating these underprivileged yet talented women to come everyday fighting against all odds can prove to be quite a challenge. For this, we try to keep up the spirit through motivational videos and various other activities.

Fatima Rizwan visits TechCloud9

Fatima Rizwan visits TechCloud9

This time around we wanted to show these young women, a live example of how far hard work and courage can take a woman, even in an under-represented (tech) space of Pakistan. We invited Fatima Rizwan, founder & CEO of TechJuice- Pakistan’s leading technology and startup related platform. Fatima was kind enough to accept the invitation and managed to visit both our collaborating institutions, despite Lahore’s menacing traffic.

Fatima had an interactive session with all the girls. She reassured them that hard work is always rewarded one way or the other. She explained how her own journey started with small freelance projects and discussed the available platforms these girls can benefit from by creating their portfolios and finding projects. She was very impressed with the work done by these girls- despite the challenges they face. The girls opened up about their daily difficulties, while Fatima offered them tips that could help make the journey a little easier.

The girls also had their own set of interesting questions regarding Fatima’s journey and her startup, after which the session concluded. The session ended on a very high morale and discussions on future possibilities of collaborations between Khud Initiative and TechJuice.

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Our Students at the Aman Sarae Foundation Going Places!

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Earlier this year we started a video editing course at the Aman Sarae Foundation for the female students there. The course began from video editing basics and progressed into more advanced and technical aspects of video editing.

Keeping the tremendous success of the video editing course in mind and the level of interest shown by students in learning digital skills, Khud decided it was time to introduce new courses to the Aman Sarae curriculum. And why not!

These new planned courses included Graphic Design and Web Development as we have done with other schools previously. The latest update is that our students have already finished their first session of Graphic Design course and are showing as much enthusiasm as the previous batch, if not more.

The Graphic Design students have been trained enough that they have started to step in the professional world. One such case is our student Nadab who has started to intern at TechHub Connect at Arfa Software Technology Park. Moreover, two of the students at Aman Sarae Foundation namely Aqsa and Muskan recently attended a workshop held by the MIT Enterprise Forum at Arfa Software Technology Park.

It has been absolutely thrilling to see the reception these students showed towards the course of video editing and the progress they made in such a short time. We are looking forward to enabling more of our students with the opportunities to polish their skills. More on that later!

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Opening New Avenues for Empowering Young Pakistani Women through Digital Skills

It is no hidden fact that Pakistani youth has a lot of talent and potential in all kinds of fields. And it is not only the male who fall into this category, young women in our country are as talented, smart and hard working as their male counterparts. We have ample proof of this fact among the students that we work with. Young girls in all the schools we work with have shown great progress in learning digital skills which is why we have made it our mission to develop inclusive as well as exclusive projects for our young female students.

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A few months back Khud started an exclusive project with a bunch of girls from one of the schools that we collaborated with. This entrepreneurial project was named Aletere (derived from an italian word) which was basically a fashion news aggregator. The project had a great potential, it kicked off nicely and started to show traction very quickly. Unfortunately, the project had to be parked due to logistical issues.

Instead of considering this as a failure, we see it as a learning curve. We now have come back with a new and better project idea about automation, taking in a new cohort of young female students coming from underprivileged background. We have recently concluded a month long orientation period where our cohort was helped with learning and excelling Microsoft Office, Social Media and Content Writing, all the basics which will help them work on this project independently.

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Currently, the cohort is being divided based on individual preferred skills so that everyone can do what they like to do instead of forcing the roles on them. With this project we are hoping to cater to a wider audience and have complete confidence that our cohort of these bright young girls will see the project through to success.

The idea behind starting such small scale entrepreneurial projects is to provide these young minds with an opportunity to get professional, more hands-on experience and to earn on their own rather than simply providing the training to relevant skills. It is like running a mini incubator, a self-funding training school in a hope that these women will use the ladder made out of digital skills to reach towards a better life and a bright future.

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Empowering Women with Digital Skills for a Better Tomorrow

Earlier this year, Khud joined hands with Aman Sarai Foundation situated in Walton area in Lahore to teach digital skills to under privileged girls. As a first step, Khud decided to start with teaching video editing to the girls. The purpose of this course is to empower these girls with practical digital skills that can help them find respectable jobs as well as provide them with an opportunity to earn remotely.

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A step-by-step course plan was followed for this course starting with a detailed introduction to Adobe Premiere, an understanding of its layout with the very first assignment on how to add content in Adobe.

In the next week, students learned the basics of Adobe Premiere and moved on to learning new features which included re-sizing of media clips, timeline adjustment, time duration adjustment and how to import pictures in Adobe. To make the students better adapted to the software, they were also taught the usage of shortcut keys related to Adobe Premiere. The week ended with a competition of watching a documentary and observing the different elements of the video.

During mid-January, students were taken to a little more advanced level of Premiere features and were taught how to import videos and audios in the software. Moreover, they were taught how to add text to a video and how to cut and adjust videos on a timeline using different audio clips. In a similar streak, they also learnt how to attach and detach audio from videos. That week ended with students starting to work on their first project.

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At the end of the month, the class was introduced to the use of transition and effects in audio and video and how to adjust the same. Now that the students were well-acquainted with the basic features of Adobe Premiere, they were tasked to work on a small project video in which they applied everything they had learned during the classes so far. Students made nice little clips where they applied effects and transitions and fine-tuned them with complimentary music taken off the internet. The subsequent classes included lessons on how to add subtitles to a video, adding transitions to these subtitles and finally how to export a video once made.

The principal of Aman Sarai Foundation appreciated Khud’s efforts with this project and stated “on behalf of Aman Sarai Foundation and Hafeez Ahmad Centre, I would like to thank Khud.org and Faryal for this wonderful learning experience. We would like to start thinking about the next course which is likely to attract many more applicants”.

Fast forward to March 2018 where these students were asked to practice making slideshow videos on Adobe Premiere. The purpose of this practice was to make the students familiar with different types of videos one can make in the software and different techniques that applies in each one of them.

Until mid-April, the students were well-equipped that they could be assigned tasks which involved putting their newly-learned skills to work. The class was divided into three groups and data for the new assignment was provided to them. Students took the next whole week to do research based work which will help them in coming up with a solid video.

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In the coming week, students will be making story boards with respect to their themes and will start executing these assignments.

With less than six months into the course, the course has already started producing results. Some students of this course have even started working on a couple commercial projects including one for a real estate business and for a project related to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

All the students in the course have shown great promise and an honest passion to learn. While we are still taking baby steps with this project, we are already seeing fruition and have high hopes for this project’s success. Our followers will be updated with the progress of this class in the upcoming weeks.

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