On Saturday, 7 October 2017 Knowledge Platform hosted an Education Mela with the support of Al-Farabi Islamic School and Degree College in Nilore, Islamabad. Our team arrived at Al-Farabi school early in the morning to finalise arrangements with the school management. As always, Principal Iftikhar Ali Janjua was a gracious host and the strongest champion of Knowledge Platform’s Learn Smart Classroom. The Mela would not have been possible without Principal Iftikhar’s usual enthusiasm and support.
Principals from low-income schools started arriving at 9:30 am along with teachers and Heads of Campuses. In total more than 45 principals and teachers were in attendance. It was heartening to see the existing camaraderie between school heads. It was clear they were joined in the noble pursuit of bettering education in Pakistan, rising above their rivalry with each other to come together in this endeavor.
The event started with a recitation from the Holy Quran. Country Manager of Knowledge Platform, Talhah Munir Khan gave the welcome address in which he stated the importance of keeping up to date with technological trends for schools across Pakistan.
Manager Learning Solutions, Hira Zainab then gave a presentation on Knowledge Platform’s Learn Smart Classroom, demonstrating the solution and leading the audience through a clicker-based assessment which was a huge crowd-pleaser. Hira also took questions from the crowd and clarified any misconceptions principals may have had about Learn Smart Classroom.
Principal Iftikhar Ali Janjua gave a rousing testimonial for Knowledge Platform’s Learn Smart Classroom in which he said the world would change in the next two years, “It is the duty of the principals in this room and of this area to ensure their students get the best possible education so they can compete with the world.”
His testimonial was followed by a testimonial by Principal Zulfiqar Mughal, whose school in Sialkot, Pakistan Science School has just started using the solution.
Then Focus Groups consisting of ten members each were hosted to answer the principals’ and teachers’ questions and to garner detailed feedback for improvements on Learn Smart Classroom. The Focus Group feedback will be instrumental in helping Knowledge Platform further tailor the product to suit school needs.
Over the course of the next two years, Knowledge Platform will be establishing digital learning centers with Learn Smart Classroom in 200 low-income schools across Pakistan.
The highlight of the day? Principal Zulfiqar Mughal taking over an Al-Farabi classroom to inspire students at the end of the Mela. And of course, the delicious lunch featuring rice, korma, chicken and kheer!
Hear Talhah Munir Khan’s message to Principals here.
See all the pictures from the day here. A special shout out to our MC for the day, Sajid Ali Anjum (Tech Lead, Games and Mobile Department).
If you run a low-income private school and are interested in incorporating Learn Smart Classroom in your school please contact Mahreen Sohail at Knowledge Platform at firstname.lastname@example.org