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Seeds of Success with Khud’s EdTech Mission

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Seeds of Success with Khud’s EdTech Mission

Can you imagine the feelings of the children from a small school in a small village in Lahore when their school opens a computer lab for them? Ecstatic is a small word. Now that they had a whole new avenue of learning open to them, they were excited at the things they could learn. What’s more; these students had the privilege that theirs is the only school in the village with a computer lab.

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Yes, we are talking about Zahoor School, the first school that Khud collaborated with, in their mission to teach digital skills of today to underprivileged children of Pakistan. This was where it all started. Khud team faced many challenges in the beginning in setting up and carrying out courses in another place but it was all worth it now that there are multiple collaborations under the organization’s belt and the progress of each is a testament in itself.

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The computer lab at Zahoor School today is a state-of-the-art facility where so many children learned the use of computers as a pre-requisite to taking more advanced digital courses. At present, the students there are being taught three professional digital courses: video editing, programming and web development. Video editing is being taught using Premiere Pro, programming using Python and web development through CSS/HTML. Premiere Pro, which is a professional video editing program by Adobe, is a superb tool which can be used in graphic designing, computer animation, film making, photography and any field related to visual creativity hence, can open so many avenues of opportunities for these students.

The reason for selecting these programs is that they are the most suited to have the students get prepared for professional experiences and find earning opportunities on the basis of these skills. These are also the skills which are going to define the future of technology and anyone adept in these skills is guaranteed to thrive in a technologically advanced world.

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Many students out of these courses have enough practice that they have started working on some commercial projects and are already on the way to start earning money on the basis of their newly-acquired skills. We have high hopes from these students to go out in the professional world and make a mark for themselves.

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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 Summer Internship Program

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Khud Launches Summer Internship Program

Cut, Design, Plant; a summer of abstractive adaption at Khud!

Khud launches its summer internship program giving young and aspiring teachers an opportunity to interact and enable students at our three schools in Lahore. After a steady expansion over the past two years this is the first Summer internship program initiated in order so that freshly recruited teachers might be exposed to and trained into building a self learning based Ed-Tech platform in close connection with our core team.

Members of Core Team and Interns planning the summer program:

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This summer the students will be engaged in a diverse range of activities that have been foundational to the vision of Khud since its conception. An alternative means of learning enabled by the Socratic means of exploring inherent curiosity of our students will be indulged into.

Here’s a sneak peak into what the summer project looks like;

Individuals, artists, designers, dreamers, visionaries all meet and try that a lightening of wisdom strikes. It does. Our team begins developing programs on the MIT's & Harvard's Scratch program. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. A concrete step into self learning. Scratch will be implemented in all the three school branches.

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The next lightening wisdom strikes by incorporating Raspberry Pi in our teaching module.  The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch. A design that compliments our tools and aims for self learning. This too will be launched in all three schools.

Once our students exhaust themselves from celebrating the joy of these two additions we will move towards a more serene and subtle celebration; indulging in nature. Organic farming will be introduced. It will be a blend of outdoor and indoor activities that offer a wonderful synthesis of science and nature leading (literally) to a fruitful produce.

Alongside this we will continue preparing presentations, translations and video editing topped with polishing language and mathematical skills. Arts will hold a special importance for everybody too.

That’s just a glimpse for all the coolness we have in store to beat the summer heat. Stay tuned to hear from our volunteers, teachers and the students themselves. Deeper insights coming soon!

Salah Khwaja, founder of Khud, interacting with the interns:

 

Intern teaching "Scratch Programming" at Marghazar School (Wapda Town):

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Students of Grade 6 at Zahoor School working on "English Acceleration":

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