The EdTech industry has been evolving at a rapid pace in the last few years. Today, EdTech is not just limited to physical classrooms but can be accessed on various devices and from anywhere with an internet connection.
This revolution has led to many changes in the way students learn which include increased collaboration, more individualized instruction, and better feedback loops for teachers.
With the rise of Covid-19, a silent pandemic followed in its footsteps. The devastation this caused to educational ecosystems has left many struggling with how to provide education for students across the globe during lockdowns that were implemented almost uniformly.
Some countries were better equipped to deal with the crisis owing either to a limited population or sound technological base already in place which was swiftly mobilised.
Some countries, such as Pakistan, had wider problems that needed solving during this time of crisis and distance learning modalities had to be adapted for them.
The government’s response to the school closure crisis has been impressive, with a diverse set of initiatives in partnership with Orenda Project, SABAQ, Knowledge Platform and Sabaq Foundation helping put Teleschool on air within two weeks.
One name here that stands tall is Orenda Project, the organization behind the Taleemabad App. Taleemabad app is truly revolutionizing the classroom experience for students all across Pakistan. The Taleemabad App provides the national curriculum of Pakistan in a highly engaging, localised and contextualised animated format for the primary grades to increase student engagement and make learning at home easier. The platform contains over 450 animated lessons and 20,000 assessments, designed to maximise learning.
Keeping all this in perspective, Orenda Project has continued to work on Taleemabad schools. These offer a bold new program designed to improve the quality of education for students at a reasonable fee. They are doing what Oyo did in India with budget hotels, combining fragmented schools under one umbrella that can be easily accessed and scaled up quickly.
In just six months 4 Taleemabad schools have been established in Islamabad and Rawalpindi – this number will swell to 40 by the start of March 2022. These schools run lesson plans, attendance, test scores, fee payments through the Taleemabad Learning Management System. Lesson plans extensively leverage Taleemabad’s massive content library (600+ videos for all subjects, 40,000 assessments), so that teaching quality rarely dips from school to school.
When children go back home, the same content is available via broadcast TV and radio, as well as on the Taleemabad Learning app. Soon, homework will be assigned via the Taleemabad LMS, delivered to every home via a notification on the Taleemabad App.
Moving away from the traditional wall-bound classrooms and old IT tools, today’s high quality education is tech-infused with virtual and interactive courses. Both live and recorded lectures have become an expected criterion of schools to facilitate blended learning models. Using technology this way will allow rapid scaling, reduce operational and monitor overheads of educational facilities, allow educators to analyze and report online student learning and optimize and customize their teaching methods for better learning outcomes based on insights and real-time data.
This will empower educators to act early and act fast to improve learning and reduce the high percentage of out-of-school children in Pakistan. With Edtech lending support to improve learning outcomes in classrooms, educational disruption is making its mark all over Pakistan.