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Akhuwat Clothes Bank visits Marghzar Welfare Society

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Akhuwat Clothes Bank visits Marghzar Welfare Society

14th March was an auspicious day for the special students of Marghzar Welfare Society (MWS) in PCSIR III Lahore. A team of ten individuals from Akhuwat Clothes Bank (ACB) visited the school, arranged a carnival and distributed toys and clothes amongst the student body. Numerous activities like face painting, quizzes, painting competition and different types of races were held by the visitors. The students were thrilled and actively participated in these activities. ACB was kind enough to give clothes not just for the students, but also for their parents.

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This collaboration between ACB and MWS was arranged thanks to Khud’s efforts. ACB was pleased to tell us that not only did they enjoyed their visit but they would also like to visit Khud’s other partner schools to donate clothes and toys. ACB updated us that they have distributed nearly 1.3 million clothes in Pakistan. This is a marvelous effort worthy of much applause. Like many others; Khud, its partner schools and its students are in ACB’s gratitude.

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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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