Smart School Project to be Launched with Upgraded Technology in Islamabad
The first phase of Smart School Project will provide up gradation to almost 24 schools in Islamabad with technology infrastructure to enrich the learning skills of students by using latest information technology. The project has been approved under the Public-Sector Development Program by the Planning Commission this year.
Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, State Minister for Capital Administration and Development (CADD) directed the management of Prime Minister Education Reform Program and the Federal Directorate of Education to launch the project for some 24 schools on an immediate basis after the approval by the Planning Commission.
The Smart School Project is comprised on the concept of blended learning for the students in which the enhancement in quality of education is provided through modern technology enabled learning process. In the first phase of the project, 12 boys and 12 girls’ schools of Islamabad will be facilitated with the upgraded relevant technology infrastructure that will enrich students’ skills through state-of-art information technology methods.
The core value to achieve from the smart schools is to provide internet connectivity, upgraded computer labs in selected schools, provision of high quality online (Urdu and English) instructional material, and training teachers with improved technical skills by utilizing the latest techniques. Libraries and laboratories of the selected schools will get an IT upgrade and smart classroom system will be launched under the project to provide IT-based learning courses.
The project will cover the students from eight to 14-year old, belonging from middle or low-income backgrounds. During the first year of the project, almost 5,760 students will be able to get tech-based high-quality education which will be increased up to 17,280 students in the third year of its launch. The project will be expanded to other schools and colleges across the country after successful completion of the pilot project.
“That tech-based learning process will provide an opportunity to fill the gap in providing quality education that remains certain in comparison to public sector schools and private schools in Islamabad,” said the minister.
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