June 9, 2017 

Learn Smart Pakistan 2017

The American Pakistan Foundation is proud to serve as a network partner for Learn Smart Pakistan (LSP), a non-profit initia tive dedicated to innovative teaching and learni ng by  Knowledge Platform . Launched in 2014, LSP's online learning platform is Pakistan's only free digital learning challenge for 9th and 10th grade students and teachers. LSP facilitated competitions throughout the year with participation by 11,212 students and teachers at 3,447 schools across Pakistan. Driven by the dedication of the Knowledge Platform team and exciting prizes such as tablets and other gifts for high scoring students, participation grew by 7.3 times from the previous year.

Knowledge Platform's 3rd Annual Education Forum took place at Margala Hotel in Islamabad. The Forum celebrated the achievements of winning students, teachers, and parents who had the chance to share their experiences. There was an emphasis on innovation in teaching and learning, w ith a particular focus on the role of technology in K-12 education. 

The Forum featured Mosharraf Zaidi, Campaign Director, Alif Ailaan; Yusuf Hussain, CEO, National ICT R&D Fund, Ministry Of Information Technology; Athar Osama, Member, Science and Technology, Ministry of Planning and Commission; Judith Herbertson, Deputy Head, DFID Pakistan - UK's Department for International Development; and Baela Raza Jamil, CEO, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi.

The panel discussion on the future of K-12 education in Pakistan suggested optimism for the the education sector across Pakistan. The panel also discussed the positive, potentially transformative work of participants within the education sector.   Experts on the panel, including Mosharraf Zaidi (Alif Ailaan), Baela Raza Jamil (Idara-e-Taleem o Aagahi), Judith Herbertson (DFID), and Mahboob Mahmood (Knowledge Platform), concluded that the right combination of governmental reform, private sector development, bilateral and multilateral catalysis, and social venture innovation could lead us to a positive tipping point in the coming few years.

Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal, of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform was the Chief Guest at the session and handed out awards to winning students, teachers, parents and principals. He said, ''the government needs to work hand in hand with corporations like Knowledge Platform and initiatives like Learn Smart Pakistan to ensure that we meet our education goals by 2025."

The audience at the event was comprised of representatives, donors, educational organizations, school administrators, financial institutions, telecommunications professionals, media outlets, students, teachers, and parents.

See more photos from the event here