Mi­crosoft Pak­istan holds In­no­va­tive Ed­u­ca­tion Forum

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Mi­crosoft Pak­istan hosted the In­no­va­tive Ed­u­ca­tion Forum (IEF), bring­ing to­gether sev­eral teach­ers from pri­vate, pub­lic and NGO-adopted schools to bring for­ward their projects and be part of a pro­duc­tive day of project exhibitions, in­spir­ing key­note pre­sen­ta­tions, pro­fes­sional learn­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion. Five short-listed projects were pre­sented on this oc­ca­sion. The top teams de­cided by the jury, com­pris­ing three judges, would be sent to Casablanca, Morocco on a Mi­crosoft-spon­sored trip to com­pete at the re­gional level of IEF Com­pe­ti­tion to be held in Au­gust. Top three win­ners of the lo­cal fi­nals were an­nounced at the end of the event. Omer Eqbal from Roots School Sys­tem got the first po­si­tion, fol­lowed by Asif Khawaja from Dan­ish School and Mu­nazza Butt from Roots School Sys­tem.

Along with teach­ers from lead­ing schools and col­leges com­pet­ing in the IEF Com­pe­ti­tion 2012, also at­tend­ing were students from Dan­ish School, a project of the Gov­ern­ment of Pun­jab, en­abling the poor­est sec­tions of so­ci­ety to have ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and en­abling in­fra­struc­ture. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Ka­mal Ahmed, Coun­try Gen­eral Man­ager, Mi­crosoft Pak­istan, said, “This is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for these vi­brant and en­thu­si­as­tic teach­ers to show­case their ex­per­tise. Mi­crosoft lauds their ef­forts to rev­o­lu­tion­ize teach­ing meth­ods by us­ing ICT as a car­rier to en­gage their students and to en­hance the ef­fec­tive­ness of ed­u­ca­tion. They are ap­ply­ing ICT to the real world and equip­ping our chil­dren with the skills nec­es­sary to com­pete with the glob­ally com­pet­i­tive work force.”

The IEF is part of Mi­crosoft PIL (Part­ners In Learn­ing) pro­gram, which works with gov­ern­ments and ed­u­ca­tion lead­ers around the world at the na­tional, state and lo­cal lev­els to de­liver a port­fo­lio of pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, cur­ric­ula, tools and re­sources de­signed to ad­vance 21st-cen­tury teach­ing, learn­ing and dig­i­tal in­clu­sion that im­prove learn­ing out­comes for ev­ery stu­dent.

“Teach­ers are the great­est cat­a­lysts of de­vel­op­ment, ca­pa­ble of chang­ing a na­tion’s mind­set and steer­ing the coun­try to progress by work­ing at the very grass root level. Fo­rums like these are not only en­light­en­ing but also very in­spir­ing, re­mind­ing us how valu­able ICT as well as teach­ers are for a pro­gres­sive so­ci­ety”, said Tayyaba Noureen, one of the judges at the event.

Through sup­port­ing such events, Mi­crosoft has fur­thered ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try by leaps and bounds. Mi­crosoft hosts such com­pe­ti­tions each year in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, the idea be­ing that to­day’s ad­vance­ment in tech­nol­ogy along with imag­i­na­tion, pas­sion and cre­ativ­ity, can light up a bet­ter fu­ture for the gen­er­a­tions to come.

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