After piloting the digital transformation of schools in other provinces, Tech Valley Pakistan has joined hands with the Sindh Education and Literacy Department (SELD) by inking an MoU to make learning more fun and interactive.
The agreement was signed between CEO Tech Valley, Umar Farooq, and Secretary SELD, Ghulam Akbar Laghari. As part of the digitization of schools, Tech Valley Pakistan, a country partner of Google for Education, will incorporate Google’s digital learning tools in the schools of Karachi Division to make learning more fun and interactive.
The program includes tools like Google Classroom, where teachers can upload class resources, update students regarding the assignments, take online quizzes and collaborate with students in real-time.
Under the MoU, Google and Tech Valley will provide computer science courses to school students in Sindh. In the first phase, 250 students and 100 teachers will be trained in 5 schools of Sindh. Digital courses will be conducted in more schools of the province under the Google program CS First and Be Internet Awesome first.
Chief Secretary Sindh Dr Muhammad Sohail Rajput said that with the help of technology, they will also work on rain and flood monitoring in the future. He further said that boot camps, soft courses, skill development and workshop on information technology will also be organized in Sindh. Chief Secretary Sindh further said that he will work with Google and other international organizations on the skill development of the youth.
Meanwhile, the representative of Google said that Google is ready to cooperate with the government to conduct various courses under the education program in educational institutions in Pakistan.
Secretary Sindh Education and Literacy Department, Ghulam Akbar Laghari, encouraged the idea of adding value to the existing education system of Sindh and said, “COVID-19 taught us how important it is to implement digital technology in the education system. Now is the right time to equip our local schools as well. My team and I are excited about this pilot program and hope to expand it further.”
Under this digitization project, teachers and IT staff will also be trained on the Google for Education tools to leverage the technology to improve the teaching and learning process of the schools. The selected schools’ infrastructure will also be modernized and enhanced with Chrome OS Flex, a cloud-first, fast, easy-to-manage, and secure operating system.
CEO Tech Valley Umar Farooq said that we would be able to see all of the Google for Education tools and the complete digital ecosystem operating in schools of Karachi. Through this pilot program, we will also be able to comprehend Karachi’s local challenges and dynamics.”