Microsoft Pakistan organises innovative education forum
KARACHI: Microsoft Pakistan hosted the innovative education forum (IEF), bringing together several teachers from private, public and NGO adopted schools to bring forward their projects and be part of this productive day of project exhibitions, inspiring keynote presentations, professional learning and collaboration, a statement said on Monday.
Among several innovative projects, there were five short-listed projects presented by the teams on this occasion, it said.The top teams decided by the jury comprising three judges would be sent to Casablanca, Morocco on a Microsoft-sponsored trip to compete at the regional level of IEF competition to be held in August, it said.
Top three winners for the local finals were announced at the end of the event, the statement said, adding that Omer Eqbal from Roots School System got the first position, followed by Asif Khwaja from Daanish School and Munazza Butt from Roots School System.
Along with teachers from leading schools and colleges competing in the IEF Competition 2012, also attending were students from Daanish School, a project of the government of Punjab, enabling the poorest sections of the society to have access to quality education and enabling infrastructure, it said.
Kamal Ahmed, country general manager of Microsoft Pakistan, said, “This is an excellent opportunity for these vibrant and enthusiastic teachers to showcase their expertise. Microsoft lauds their efforts to revolutionise teaching methods by using ICT as a carrier to engage their students and to enhance the effectiveness of education. They are applying ICT to the real world and equipping our children with the skills necessary to compete with the globally competitive work force.”
The IEF is part of Microsoft PIL (Partners In Learning) programme, which works with governments and education leaders around the world at the national, state and local levels to deliver a portfolio of professional development, curricula, tools and resources designed to advance 21st Century teaching, learning and digital inclusion that improve learning outcomes for every student.