The British Council inaugurated its first-ever ‘Digital Library Wall’ at the Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering, and Management Sciences (BUITEMS). The wall was inaugurated as part of a high-profile visit by British Council Director Sindh/Balochistan Michael Houlgate that took place from June 24-25, 2019.
British Council Director Sindh/Balochistan Michael Houlgate on the occasion said: ‘The British Council aims to keep playing its role as a bridge between the people of Pakistan and the UK by making cultural relations and educational opportunities more accessible. We will work closely with the academia, institutions, civil society and the government to help the youth of Balochistan realise their full potential.’
The Digital Library wall at BUITEMS is a collection of digital books, reports, podcasts and learning materials that can be accessed remotely. It is a promising effort to broaden accessibility of educational opportunities, knowledge sharing and nurturing learning and development in Balochistan through quality content from UK and across the globe.
The digital library walls are illustrated wallpapers with active QR codes that link your phone or tablet to a variety of UK content including audiobooks, e-books, e-journals, videos, reports, and IELTS related material.
During the two-day visit, Michael also met with Balochistan Governor Justice (R) Aman Ullah Yasinzai, Adviser to Chief Minister of Balochistan for Secondary Education and Secretary, Secondary Education Department and the Secretary Haji Muhammad Khan Lehri, and the Secretary Culture and Tourism Department at Government of Balochistan Zafar Ali Buledi.
The British Council also signed MOUs with BUITEMS and the University of Baluchistan to implement ‘active citizen’s programme’. Senior officials from the universities and the British Council were present at the MOU signing ceremonies.
To date, this programme in Pakistan has engaged 7000 active citizens from 22 universities across Pakistan. The collaboration with university engages undergraduate students for active citizen’s course promoting community cohesion and capacity building of young leaders for civic engagement and volunteering by imparting skills such as cross-cultural communication and intercultural dialogue.
During the two-day visit, Michael met members of the Young Parliamentarians Association and British Alumni Association Pakistan (Quetta Chapter). He also visited the Government Boys Higher Secondary School (GBHSS) Sandeman and Quaid-e-Azam library (formerly Sandeman Library).