ADB pro­vides $1.1m grant to pro­pel Tele­taleem Project

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IS­LAM­ABAD

The Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank (ADB) will pro­vide a tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance (TA) grant of $ 1.1 mil­lion to Pak­istan's Tele­Taleem (Pvt) Lim­ited to boost ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and vo­ca­tional train­ing in Pak­istan us­ing In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nolo­gies.

"This project will open new vis­tas of on­line learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for students and teach­ers, cur­rently with­out ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional and train­ing re­sources. With a click of a but­ton, students will be able to avail qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices re­gard­less of their ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion. The project will hugely ben­e­fit students and teach­ers, par­tic­u­larly girls in re­mote parts of the coun­try who seek ac­cess to good ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties," said Philip Erquiaga, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of ADB's Pri­vate Sec­tor Op­er­a­tions Depart­ment.

Lever­ag­ing Pak­istan's fast grow­ing ICT sec­tor, Tele­Taleem will pro­vide ICT-as­sisted ad­vanced learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment to ser­vice ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion and vo­ca­tional train­ing (TEVT) seg­ments. The com­pany plans to setup 500 learn­ing cen­ters/points-of-ac­cess over the next 5 years, reach­ing out to 100,000 students and 10,000 teach­ers across the coun­try.

Werner E. Liepach, ADB's Coun­try Di­rec­tor for Pak­istan and Asad Karim, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Tele­Taleem (Pvt.) Lim­ited, to­day signed the TA im­ple­men- tation agree­ment. This is ADB's first-ever pri­vate-sec­tor led in­vest­ment in an ed­u­ca­tion project. Pak­istan has made im­pres­sive gains over the last decade with spec­tac­u­lar ICT growth through the use of mo­bile phones, In­ter­net and per­sonal com­put­ers in the ur­ban, semi­ur­ban and the ru­ral ar­eas.

Tele­Taleem will be us­ing this wide­spread ICT foot­print to de­liver ex­cit­ing and en­gag­ing teach­ing-learn­ing prac­tices and con­tent to students and teach­ers, with the ob­jec­tive of en­hanc­ing stu­dent achieve­ment and teacher com­pe­tency. ADB, based in Manila, is ded­i­cated to re­duc­ing poverty in Asia and the Pa­cific through in­clu­sive eco­nomic growth, en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able growth and re­gional in­te­gra­tion.

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