Pakistan is ranked 2nd across the globe with the highest number of out-of-school children aged from 5 to 16 years with an estimated 22.8 million children not attending the school. according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, this covers up the 44 per cent of the population of this age group.

By Sayyed Shehzer Abbas

Coded Minds is an organization that aims to ensure quality education for millions of out-of-school children. This initiative was started by iSTEAM & leadership education technology company. The team is focused to uproot the outdated system of education through skill-based learning. iSTEAM is becoming a pioneer in introducing such initiatives as they are already working on Hope Rozgar Bus and Hope Academy which will be resulting in thousand of jobs in the education sector.

In tackling with this problem, the founder and president of the company, Omar Farooqui says, “Educating such a huge population of the out-of-school children and ensuring international education standards within the existing system is not an easy task. However, job creations in the sector of education alongside education will make a real progress”.


The Pakistani education system only prepare students to attempt exams, but Coded Minds aims to provide the 21st century skill-based learning to the students.

Farooqui quoted that in the upcoming years, their team will be comprising of 300,000 people from across the country that will be trained with highly qualified international professionals in the field of education. And these training centers will be set in different parts of the country to build outreach of the programme to everyone.

“We will teach the same curriculum introduced by the provincial governments. However, ensuring quality and standard will make us different from the traditional schooling.”

At present, we are focused on the existing schooling system that needs to be changed, but one of the main objectives of the company is to educate the out-of-school children.

Coded Minds is not just focused on the traditional schooling, following the government introduced curriculum, but also aiming to provide skill-based training to underprivileged students.