Khud Ed-Tech Initiative
Khud Ed-Tech Initiative
The founders of Khud include private consultants, educators and philanthropists. With Pakistan's poor education indicators, they realized the dire need and started the organization as a small experiment, with the mission to stimulate interest of students in the traditional educational stream.
Equipment such as laptops, desktops and other technological materials are provided to connect under resourced schools with the internet. Using agile learning, the educators at Khud craft well-thought projects and curriculum for the students.
Khud’s name is inspired from Pakistan’s national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s idea of ‘Selfhood – خود’. Khud is not reinventing the learning wheel, rather the organization has taken inspiration from existing models.
- Socratic Method: letting students use their experiences and mistakes to come up with new hypotheses and arrive at their own conclusions.
- Maria Montessori’s world-renowned approach of encouraging children to play and teach themselves and each other in a friendly environment.
- Dr Sugata Mitra’s School in the Cloud platform that prepares students for the changing future by using Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE). Khud takes inspiration from Dr Mitra’s work, and much like it, there is a stress on asking unique and creative big questions that inspires the imagination and self-learning of young learners.
As much of the content available on the web is in English, the educators and researchers at Khud are developing an accelerated English curriculum that can bring the young learners at par with high school graduates.
According to the Human Development Report 2014, Pakistan is placed at the 146th position in the Human Development Index. One major cause of this poor indicator is Pakistan’s weak educational system, with 25 million children not attending school.
Moreover, UNESCO states that, “At present, about one third of primary school age children are out of school, 42 percent population (age 10+) is illiterate.” Conservative estimates state that the current situation will require nearly 1.25 million teachers. But here the quality of teachers is another major problem.
The children who do go to schools are not getting a quality education because the archaic rote-learning based system simply cannot stimulate the students enough, and thus fails to produce learners who are independent, creative and agile with the ability to tackle the world in truly productive ways. Khud employs technology to substitute lack of teachers or teacher quality.
The pilot for the project was launched in Zahoor School, Lahore, located 25 km from Thokar, and surrounded by farms and factories.
The scale-up began in early 2016, Khud created partnerships with local NGOs, and has started to roll out its program in Mughalpura School, Aman Sarai Foundation and Marghazar Welfare Society, setting up state-of-the-art computer labs in these locations.
A vocational school within the vicinity of Mughalpura School is also being targeted. The young ladies are self-learning how to use computers: photo editing, researching, blog writing & website development. They are in the process of making a fashion news aggregator. Their efforts can be viewed at: http://www.aletere.com/
Khud aims to accelerate the learning of marginalized and underprivileged children through technology. Simultaneously in localities where its projects are launched, Khud is also active in promoting education, sustainable development and organizing awareness campaigns.
While pursuing these goals arduously, Khud plans to expand its partnerships with local and international Schools, Universities and NGO's. Khud is also exploring research opportunities with other institutions to better measure, systematize and evaluate their project.