KARACHI: In a positive development, Knowledge Pakistan has become the first-ever social impact organisation from a Muslim country to win the prestigious Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded Grand Challenge award.
Out of a pool of over 3,000 innovative applicants from across the world, only 15 were selected to bring their interventions to life. In partnership with BMGF, Knowledge Platform will be launching a sustainability programme in Islamabad that will endow students with the 21st century skills needed to become tomorrow’s leaders. In Knowledge Platform’s cutting-edge ‘Birds and Bees’ programme, young learners from across Islamabad will learn to take responsibility for the health and well-being of birds and bees.
While the Gates Foundation’s mission is to reduce inequality, it has thus far only operated in a limited scope within Pakistan, primarily focusing on supporting health services. Knowledge Platform is one of the only organisations in Pakistan to have partnered with BMGF for an education-based intervention. The Birds and Bees programme will focus on reducing inequality by making innovative educational techniques, like project-based learning, available to students from all backgrounds.
This initiative is the brainchild of Mahboob Mahmood, the founder of Knowledge Platform, a Singapore-based learning solutions company that has been operating in the Education sector in Pakistan for the past two years. Mahboob believes that, “Our Birds and Bees programme will use 21st century skills not simply as a means to acquire white-collar jobs, but as a vehicle to creatively solve national and global challenges.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2019.