Khud aims to accelerate the learning of marginalized and underprivileged children utilizing technology. Simultaneously in localities where its projects are launched, Khud is also active in promoting education, sustainable development and organizing awareness campaigns. According to Human Development Report 2014, Pakistan is placed at 146th position in HDI index. One major cause of this poor indicator is Pakistan’s weak educational system, with 25 million children not attending schools. Conservatives estimates state that the current situation will require nearly 1.25 million teachers. Here, the quality of teachers is another major problem. The children that do go to schools are not exactly getting a quality education. The archaic rote-learning based system simply cannot stimulate the students enough, and this fails to produce learners that are independent and productive. Technological components such as laptops, desktops and internet facilities are provided to connect the under resourced schools with the internet. Utilizing agile learning, the educationists at Khud craft well thought projects and curriculum for the students.
Khud is not reinventing the learning wheel, rather the organization has taken inspiration from existing models. Khud takes much inspiration from Dr Sugata Mitra’s works, much like them, there is a stress on asking unique and creative big questions that blossoms imagination and self-learning in the heart of young learners. As much of the content available on web is in English, the educationists and researchers at Khud are right now developing an accelerated English training curriculum that can bring the young learners at par with high school graduates.
The pilot for the project was launched in 2015 in Lahore. The scale-up began in early 2016, Khud created a partnership with a local NGOs. Pakistani expatriates from US and Badamibagi Traders Union provided most of the funds required for project. With these finances, state of the art computer lab has been set up. A vocational school run by the in vicinity of Mughalpura, Lahore is also being targeted. The young ladies (early 20’s) are self-learning how to use computers: photo editing, researching, blog writing & website development.
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CEI approaches in action
The Khud Initiative focuses on building partnership with local and international educational NGOs to get access to schools targeting marginalized communities. Simultaneously, Khud Initiative also establish linkages with private educational and non-educational organizations to sponsor our project as their CSR initiative.The program has built networks with Gymboree Pakistan and Beaconhouse group, who are providing teacher training at our schools as their CSR initiate.
After the Khud Initiative's initial launch at one school in Lahore, the program has since expanded to 2 additional schools, both in Lahore.
Khud's learning activities have also expanded into new technologies, developing curricula for iPad and iPhone applications, Rasberry Pi mobile hardware, video editing software, and more.
Currently in plans to expand activities into Swat Valley.
Monitoring & Evaluation
The monitoring and evaluation takes place internally on a quarterly bases. The project managers working at each school compile a report and share it with the senior administration of the organization. Since inception, the Khud Initiative has a very agile approach towards learning. If the results in the report are found lacking, the project managers are encouraged to learn lessons from old strategies and adopt a new approaches for problem solving.
The program revolves around project based learning on quarterly bases. These projects range from developing presentations, videos, documentaries, field visits and organic farming experiments. Students are giving analytical feedback regarding their projects by our project managers at different schools.
Please note, when Khud uptakes a school, there are basic exercises that our learners undertake; Google translator (English to Urdu), typing & online accelerated English training. These basic exercises prepare the students for self-learning program that is to follow.
Khud targets marginalized communities and families coming from lower strata of income group. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that most of the guardians (of our students) earn less than $200 per month (April 2016).
Khud Initiative has a 100% graduation/promotion rate according to April 2016 figures.
Khud Initiative has a 84.6% student attendance according to April 2016 figures.
Khud Initiative has a 93.7% teacher attendance according to April 2016 figures.