Jazz Smart School programme launched in Islamabad

Telecom giant partners with CADD to provide quality education in 75 public schools


Our Correspondent February 20, 2018
A grade IX student of Hilal Public School familiarises himself with the new Smart Class Project which uses multimedia to explain scientific concepts to students. PHOTO COURTESY: GCT

ISLAMABAD: In support of the government’s Vision 2025, Jazz Foundation is set to use innovation in imparting education to 75 schools in the federal capital under its ‘Jazz Smart School’ programme.

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Launched in partnership with the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) and the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), the Jazz Smart School programme introduces a smart learning solution to the traditional schooling system through a digital learning platform.

To implement this digital learning solution, the Telco has teamed up with Knowledge Platform, a Singapore based learning solutions company. Knowledge Platform provides the programme with the digital learning platform, customised educational content, training and support, while Jazz Foundation has set up digital learning centres with hardware kits that include laptops, projectors, clickers, tablets, speakers, UPS and mobile broadband.

State Minister for CADD Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry commented that the Constitution mandates that the State shall provide education for all Pakistani children between the ages of 5-16 years. “The government understands the challenges we face while trying to achieve this goal. However, initiatives such as the Jazz Smart Schools Programme and an increasing future emphasis on public-private partnership will surely propel us toward a brighter future for Pakistan.”

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FDE Director General Hasnat Qureshi said the Federal Directorate of Education is committed to ensuring that innovative learning methods are incorporated in its public schools to ensure that youth can compete with students globally.

Speaking at the programme’s launch event,  Jazz Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Chief Ali Naseer stated: “at least 35% of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 14, and we realise that if efforts are not made to improve access to quality education, the country will lag behind in an increasingly digital world.”

Published in The Express Tribune, February 20th, 2018.

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