Islamabad, January 25, 2018 – On Thursday, January 25th 2018 officials from the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) visited IMCG G-10/1 in Islamabad. The visit took place so officials could witness Knowledge Platform’s blended learning solution which has been implemented in 75 all-girls public schools across Islamabad under the Jazz Smart Schools project.
The solution, complete with hardware, curriculum-aligned content and clickers in 75 all-girls schools is now being used across Pakistan. Jazz, Pakistan’s largest telecommunications provider, is the Programme Sponsor and the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) are Programme Partners.
The Director General of FDE, Hasnat Qureshi, was present for the solution demonstration. He was accompanied by the Deputy Director, Sameena Zia. Project Manager- Education Reform Program, Umm-e-Farwa represented CADD.
School Principal Zahra Bukhari was excited to welcome her guests which also included Mr. Ibrar Khan (Head of Corporate Affairs), Anjum Nida Rahman (Head of Department, Corporate Communications & Sustainability), Arslan Naseer (Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications), Muhammad Hamza Sheikh (Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications) and Mehreen Rashid (Stream Head, Internal Communications) from the Jazz team.
CEO of Knowledge Platform, Mahboob Mahmood was accompanied by Country Manager, Talhah Khan; Program Manager, Hira Zainab; Director Learning Solutions, Caspar Groeneveld; Learning Solutions Lead, Zain Raza; and Marketing Executive, Ahmad Mehdi.
The excitement in the classroom was palpable when English teacher Shazia Alamgir started the lesson. She started with an English video and paused the video to explain concepts before restarting it again. Then the class of 35 students received clickers and used them to mark themselves present. The teacher led them through an assessment based on the video, before clicking submit to show an instant performance report. The class average was greater than 60%. The teacher had 27 years of teaching experience and had not used technology in the classroom prior to being trained by Knowledge Platform’s team.
“It always amazes me when teachers who may not be so used technology, master the solution quickly and use it to help students understand concepts better. These teachers are starting to catch up with the way learning and teaching is transforming now and it’s so exciting to watch. ,” said Hira Zainab, Program Manager at Knowledge Platform.
Director General of FDE, Hasnat Qureshi, also praised the program and said that he was delighted to see how technology is finally being used in not one but 75 public schools of Islamabad. He said, “I’m so happy to express my feelings and I’m also grateful to the sponsor of this project which is Jazz and Knowledge Platform, who are the implementing partner; and all the technical support has come from them. I’m sure this technological intervention will go a long way and making our students familiar with the use of technology.”
Knowledge Platform has developed their own award winning learning management system to host the solution. They also develop their own curriculum-aligned content, games and activities, and provide teachers, principals and district officials details performance reports. Knowledge Platform’s team routinely visits schools for support and monitoring.
Here’s the full interview of Director General, FDE.
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