STAFF REPORT KHI: Intel Pakistan and USAID Pakistan Reading Project (PRP) have joined hands for better access to and enhanced quality of education in the lesser-developed regions of Pakistan. Intel Pakistan has undertaken the task of training at least 100 master trainers for USAID PRP to enhance their competencies in the effective use of ICT in school education, literacy and daily life through the Intel Education Initiative. Intel Pakistan is also committed to support of PRP field staff in order to improve the quality of reading and other education activities.
The PRP is a five-year initiative which is supporting provincial and regional departments of education in Pakistan to improve reading skills of children. PRP is promoting the adaptation and implementation of policies that promote quality teaching.
The collaboration will improve reading instruction and assessment of 23,800 teachers in 23,800 public schools. Towards the end of the project, it is anticipated to reach at least 1,300,000 grade 1 and 2 students across Pakistan.
“This is another massive step toward Intels mission to proliferate technology in the classroom. The Intel® Teach Program was introduced by Intel Pakistan Corporation to enable school teachers to ensure effective utilization of technology in classroom teaching,” Naveed Siraj, head of Intel Pakistan, said on the occasion.
He said Since 2002, Intel Education Initiative has trained more than 340,000 in-service / pre-service teachers in more than 60 districts throughout the country.
These teachers work as agents of change and belong to a new genre of techno savvy teachers who are better equipped to prepare their students to face the challenges of the 21st century workforce.