At a launch attended by Minister for Human Rights, Dr. Shireen Mazari, on Thursday Oct. 23rd, Pakistan introduced a first-of-its-kind a smartphone application geared towards helping parents of Pakistani students with special needs. This application marks the beginning of the introduction of much needed tech-based improvements in the special needs education sector.
One of the primary objectives of the app is to aid parents of special needs students in the selection of the best suited education centre for their children. The app will help them narrow down their options based on information such as facilities offered by these schools, admission processes as well as their geographic location. The app will also enable parents to apply for admissions at these institutions – falling under the ambit of Directorate General of Special Education (DGSE) – from home, having shifted the process to an online platform.
While attending the launch as the Guest of Honor, Minister for Human Rights, Dr. Shireen Mazari, lauded the efforts of the DGSE as well the National Information Technology Board (NITB). Both institutions had worked in tandem for the development of the app, which the Minister claimed would help an estimated 30,000 out-of-school students be included into the education stream.