Karachi(Cliff News)“The Middle East and Africa has reached a key chapter in its education story. Up until now, the conversation around education has revolved primarily around improving the standard of education across the region. But as digital transformation continues to sweep across the globe, there’s a unique window of opportunity to fast-forward to a completely revolutionised era of education.” These thoughts were expressed by Jibran Jamshad, Microsoft Country Education Lead for Pakistan.He further explained that for years, the general level of education across the region has been improving at a steady pace. “According to the World Bank, the average level of schooling in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) has quadrupled since 1960, with the rate of illiteracy having almost halved. At the same time, statistics tell us that the region has made significant strides when it comes to school enrollment. But despite this progress, the general standard of education across the region still varies significantly, with many countries yet to attain the level of learning to which they aspire”, he added.Research shows in many cases curriculums favour an approach to education based on rote learning, which means students are not always exposed to 21st century skills, such as working in teams, problem solving and innovation. Skill sets such as these are only going to become more important as automation begins to replace lower-skill jobs. Recent Microsoft research conducted in collaboration with McKinsey & Company’s Education Practice shows that by 2030, the fastest growing occupations will require higher-level cognitive skills in areas such as collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. Already as many as 30 to 40 percent of jobs in growth industries require soft skills.Though the need for social-emotional skills is clear, teachers don’t always feel adequately equipped to teach these skills. And to build crucial cognitive, social and emotional skills, educators need training, technologies and time. Technology can play a critical role in helping to overcome these challenges – AI, in particular, has significant potential to increase the efficiency of education, whether by freeing up educators’ time or helping them develop a more student-centred approach to learning.Microsoft’s research shows technology can free up as much as 30 percent of teachers’ time, making it easier for them to respond to individual and group needs. And the same study shows students who receive personalised instruction perform better than 98 percent of traditionally taught students. AI-enabled tools are also far more easily accessible than educators might realise. Those found in Microsoft Office 365, for example, are available in programmes such as Word, OneNote and PowerPoint, meaning they are free and easy to use.Immersive Reader, for example, helps students with learning differences such as Dyslexia build reading confidence. Students can use features like Line Focus, which reduces visual crowding and highlights text to improve readability. On the more sophisticated end of the spectrum, AI can provide educators with greater insight as to how students are progressing so they can adjust their approach, supporting students’ individual needs.Many schools have improved the academic interaction between students and educators through applications like OneNote and Teams. The tools not only promote better collaboration and productivity, but also enhanced interaction between the students and their teachers. The schools digital transformation has a strong impact on student performance, from day-to-day activities to official exams, completely transforming the entire learning journey. These technologies are particularly effective in breaking down the barriers in communication between students of different abilities. By drawing on AI, these tools can help ensure every student has a voice.Even simple AI-enabled features like those found in Office 365 can help tertiary-level students with their academic pursuits. PowerPoint Editor, for example, draws on machine learning and natural language processing, enabling students to proof read their content more effectively. The tool even provides helpful suggestions as to how students should refine their style of writing.This is a promising sign that we are moving in the right direction as incorporating technology in today’s classrooms can help catapult the region’s education sector into the digital era. And ultimately, empowering young people to become successful, capable, and active contributors to the digital economy will create prosperity.
Karachi(Cliff News)The purpose of Global Handwashing Day, celebrated every 15th October worldwide, is to reiterate the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. In anticipation of this Global Hand Washing Day, “Dettol” educated the kids of SOS Hermann Gmeiner School on the importance of healthy habits and ensuring personal hygiene, especially hand washing. The interactive session was part of the year-round school program Dettol conducts with over 2 million school going kids every year.A large percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands. Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that washing hands with soap and water can reduce the diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50%.“It is extremely important to instill healthy habits at an early age and educate our children regarding their well-being,” said Humayun Farooq, Director Marketing – Health, Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan Limited (RB) – makers of Dettol. He added that “We at Dettol strongly believe that kids have a very entrepreneurial nature, where they will find creative ways to spread a message if it has been registered correctly in their minds. Since kids respond to stories better, this year we have launched a special handwash campaign as well which narrates the story of a boy called Ahmed who articulates the message of handwashing in his own creative way to teach others. We believe in clean hands for all and thus through this campaign we want to reach out to even those kids who we cannot connect with physically.”While speaking at the occasion, the school’s principal, Sharmin Yasir said, “Including school children as part of the Dettol School Program will not only ensure the adoption of this habit but will also reduce disease incidence among them. Through this initiative, Dettol teaches school going children healthier living habits with an aim to increase their attendance in school.”
Islamabad(Cliff News)Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL)has signed an agreementwith the Indus Resource Center (IRC) for adoption of two schools in remote areas of Khairpur, Sindh.PTCLsupports IRC to run the primary schools as both are committed to providing quality education to the local community. The schools have played an integral part in, not only promoting education in the vicinity, but also supportinggirls’ education through progressive policies. These schools cater to vast areas of Khairpur, having 46% female students.Being a socially responsible organization, PTCL invests in CSR projects that are sustainable having a long lasting and positiveimpacton the society, especially in the deprived communities.On the occasion, Syed Mazhar Hussain, Chief Human Resource Officer, PTCL, said, “Education is the only way to build a progressive and enlightened society. PTCL is committed to play its part in ensuring that youth from all segments of our communities get an equal opportunity to learn, grow andget quality education.We are proud to partner with IRC as their contribution is commendable in providing quality education in remote and underprivileged areas of Sindh.”Mrs. Sadiqa Salahuddin, Executive Director, IRC, said, “We appreciate PTCL’s support and collaboration and we expect to make this partnership anexemplary practice for CSR.As education is a fundamental right of all children, we ensure provision of good quality education that requires collaborative efforts from all stakeholders including civil society and corporate sector.”IRC has been working in the Development Sector, primarily running its own schools and adopting government schools in remote and underprivileged areas of Sindh.Both organizations are confident that the partnership will benefit the community of Khairpur and the students studying at these schools will become the face of a progressive Pakistan.
Karachi(Cliff News)The Fifteenth edition of TCF Golf Tournament by The Citizens Foundation (TCF) concluded successfully with an attendance of avid golfers, C level executives and other guests. The one day tournament was held at Karachi Golf Club with an aim to raise funds for TCF schools – providing quality education for the less privileged. This year, the tournament format was changed to Texas Scramble to turn it into a more socially inclusive day for the golf lovers. The chief guest of the event was Commander Karachi, Rear Admiral Asif Khaliq. More than 100 golfers participated in the tournament, to show their commitment towards TCF’s mission to educate Pakistan.The latest Pakistan Education Statistics Report by AEPAM, Ministry of Education Pakistan revealed, there are 22.84 million children out of school. According to UNESCO´s published figures, Pakistan has the second highest number of out of school children globally after Nigeria. Pakistan also has the highest number of illiterate adults in the world. Additionally, we have gender inequality issues in education. Out of the 5.06 million children not going to primary school, 60% are girls. According to recent country statistics, compared to a girl, a boy in Pakistan has a 15% higher chance of going to primary school. (Source: Alif Ailaan).Speaking about the event, Mr. Mushtaq Chhapra said, “The education crisis in Pakistan is like a ticking time bomb. It needs to be addressed at the highest priority level. If each one of us takes it as a duty to help educate the children, no child in Pakistan will remain uneducated. TCF has been organizing this Golf Tournament for the last fifteen years to help golfers come together to support education. The success of our Golf Tournament has been made possible due to the generous golfers, Karachi Golf Club team and the corporate sector who joined hands with us. Education is a long term investment; it empowers people to become agents of positive change!” Mushtaq Chhapra also serves as a member of Government’s new Task Force on Education.If the citizens are to stem this tide of ignorance and despair, our foremost duty is to educate, enable and empower our children to become agents of positive change. Today, with two decades of experience and more than 1500 school units under care, The Citizens Foundation is committing itself to creating 2 Million Agents of Positive Change by the year 2030. In making this promise to our common future, TCF recognizes that the road ahead remains daunting and demands belief, creativity and concerted action from all of us – citizens, enterprises, institutions and the State. Enabling equal right, TCF ensures nearly half the students are girls.This year’s golf tournament was made possible with the support of corporate sponsors, media partners and the well-wishers of TCF who believe that education is the answer to a better Pakistan. Bank Al Habib & Faysal Bank were Gold sponsors while Indus Motors, Premier Insurance, Habib Metropolitan Bank and Sapphire Group were the silver sponsors. Other in-kind donors were Mr. Rizwan Rasheed of Richa Leathers for gloves, Mr. Imran Gheewala of Selimpex International for T-shirts, Musadaq Zulqarnain of Interloop for socks, Mr. Asim Shabbir Patka of Millinium Textile Mills for Towels, Mr. Yasin Kassam of Pakistan Beverages for cold drinks & water, Mr. Sadiq Feroz of Saniplast for band aids, Abbott Pakistan for Mospel and Unilever for their giveaways.At the presentation ceremony, prizes were distributed among the winner team, runners up team, longest drive, closest to pin and hole in one. The Hole in One car gift was also sponsored by Indus Motors.
The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is a strong advocate of the belief that a truly informed and educated society forms the foundation of a progressive state and instills in its citizens the ability to adapt and evolve with changing times. It is a non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens who wanted to bring about positive social change through education. 23 years later, TCF is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of education for the less privileged. The TCF model focuses on providing quality education through purpose-built schools located in the heart of Pakistan’s urban slums and rural communities. The organization ensures that girls represent nearly 50% of overall student enrolment. To magnify its impact, improve enrolment and quality of education, TCF has been adopting Government schools across Pakistan. http://www.tcf.org.pk
Karachi(Cliff News)The Citizens Foundation brings 15th TCF Golf Tournament to raise funds for the education of the less privileged children. The tournament is set to take place next weekend at the Karachi Golf Club. The fifteenth edition of the tournament will bring together the avid golfers of Karachi to play a friendly golf match in Texas Scramble format. The funds raised from the tournament are expected to enable more than 400 children from the low income communities to get quality education in TCF schools.According to the latest Pakistan Education Statistics Report by AEPAM, Ministry of Education Pakistan, there are 22.84 million children out of school. UNESCO´s latest published figures suggest Pakistan has the second highest number of out of school children globally after Nigeria. It doesn’t get any better in adulthood, as Pakistan also has the highest number of illiterate adults in the world. To top it all off, we have gender inequality issues in education. Out of the 5.06 million children not going to primary school, 60% are girls. According to recent country statistics, compared to a girl, a boy in Pakistan has a 15% higher chance of going to primary school.“The education emergency in Pakistan remains huge with almost half of Pakistan’s children being out of school. The issue breeds many other social problems such as unemployment, poverty, crime, poor health to name a few. We need a collective effort to change this situation because every child has the right to quality education. TCF’s Golf Tournament is an event that we hold each year to highlight the education emergency and our efforts in educating the less privileged children. With the greater support of concerned citizens, we are hopeful that one day we will see an educated and enlightened Pakistan,” said Mushtaq Chhapra, Founder Director, TheCitizens Foundation.With 1,482 school units all over Pakistan and more than 220,000 children getting quality education, TCF model of education is trying to change the situation one child at a time. The Foundation is the largest private employer of women in Pakistan with an all-female faculty of 12,000 teachers and principals. TCF has 220,000 students this year. Nearly half (48%) of TCF students are girls. Eighty-eight percent of TCF alumni have gone to college and 71% are employed.This year the tournament has been made possible by the support of corporate sponsors, media partners and the well-wishers of TCF who believe that education is the answer to a better Pakistan. Different organisations as well as individuals have come forward to make the TCF Golf Tournament a success while creating education opportunities for the out of school children. The main sponsors of the event are Bank Al Habib, Faysal Bank, Indus Motors, Premier Insurance, HabibMetropolitan Bank and Sapphire Group. Other in-kind donors are Mr. RizwanRasheed of Richa Leathers for gloves, Mr. Imran Gheewala of SelimpexInternational for T-shirts, MusadaqZulqarnain of Interloop for socks, Mr. Asim Shabbir Patka of Millinium Textile Mills for Towels, Mr. Yasin Kassam of Pakistan Beverages for cold drinks & water, Mr. Sadiq Feroz of Saniplast for band aids, Abbott Pakistan for Mospeland Unilever for their giveaways.
The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is a strong advocate of the belief that a truly informed and educated society forms the foundation of a progressive state and instills in its citizens the ability to adapt and evolve with changing times. It is a non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens who wanted to bring about positive social change through education. 23 years later, TCF is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of education for the less privileged. The TCF model focuses on providing quality education through purpose-built schools located in the heart of Pakistan’s urban slums and rural communities. The organization ensures that girls represent nearly 50% of overall student enrolment. To magnify its impact, improve enrolment and quality of education, TCF is now adopting Government schools across Pakistan.
Karachi(Cliff News)With yet another grand auto show, PakWheels brought together the popular and rare car models for the car enthusiasts in the city of lights – Karachi. The 6th auto show was held at the Port Grand, Karachi where the ribbon cutting ceremony was performed by the children from The Citizens Foundation (TCF).Like previous years, this time too, the Karachi Auto Show 2018 was a feast for automotive enthusiasts. From exotics, luxury, modified, 4×4 to bikes, there were more than 300 rides with hundreds of auto enthusiasts.“Karachi Auto Show is our major event and it is becoming increasingly popular among the car enthusiasts of Karachi. At the same time, we feel a strong responsibility of giving back to the community. We believe that education is an emergency in our country and that’s why we joined hands with The Citizens Foundation to give them a shout out for their positive contribution,” said Suneel Munj, Chairman and Co-founder of PakWheels.com.Supporting TCF’s education movement, PakWheels also offered a probono stall space to TCF to create awareness about their education model and raise funds to send more out of school children to school. TCF is operating its schools in the most remote rural communities and under-developed urban localities, enabling quality education for the unschooled children.“PakWheels has proved to be a valuable partner in supporting our mission to educate Pakistan. We are grateful to them for involving TCF in the celebration of their flagship event of the year. TCF’s presence at the event helped us reach out to the car enthusiasts and tell them about TCF’s impact in providing quality education in the most underserved communities,” said Isfandyar Inayat, GM Outreach.The highlight of the auto show was Rolls Royce 1924 Silver Ghost, which the Nawab of Bahawalpur gave Quaid-e-Azam on 14 August 1947 for his oath-taking ceremony. The car also participated in Concours d’elegance and competed against 230 cars from around the world and was crowned number 1 in the event.Apart from auto enthusiasts meet and greet, there were many fun activities for families. PakWheels.com proudly had Foodpanda, and TSM&Co as the giveaway partners. The Karachi Auto Show 2018 was sponsored by Suzuki, AGS, Careem, Pheonix, General Tyres, Benelli, and Daewoo Battery.By organizing such auto events, PakWheels provides a unified platform to all car enthusiasts across Pakistan.