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Education Ministry launches initiative of blended-e-learning

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: In line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to use of technology in education, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training has launched an initiative of blended-e-learning and in pursuant to that an agreement was signed between the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), Knowledge Platform, Tele Taleem, and Robotics mea in Islamabad on Monday.

Blended learning is an approach to education that combines online education materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classrooms methods.

In this research-based pilot project, different technologies will be used in different levels of education to test and understand the effectiveness of these technologies on the learning of students.

Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood witnesses the signing ceremony of Blended-e-learning project between FDE, E-Taleem, Knowledge Platform and Robotics mea in Islamabad on April 12, 2021.

The Federal Minister Shafqat Mahmood said that digital and blended learning is the future. With schools all over the world, redesigning because of COVID-19, blendes learning is becoming the new normal.

Shafqat Mahmood said that the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training as part of its response strategy to COVID-19 is piloting a blended learning project to assist students and teachers in ensuring learning continuity.

Highlighting the significance of the project, he said that after a third-party baseline evaluation, the results of the initiative will be shared with all the federating units and this project shall be replicated on the national level.

The minister said that STEM which is also part of this initiative is an integral part of our education policy.

STEM education is one of the key parameters on which the quality of instructions between public and private schools differ.

Pakistan is improving this situation by introducing intensive amendments in the national curriculum to incorporate STEM subjects in a proper manner throughout a child’s academic journey.

By integrating different tools i.e robotics kits, IOT kits with science and math curriculum we shall ensure to improve the quality of learning of the students for the STEM education.

For this purpose discovery innovation labs will also be set up in the schools.

The proposed program will pilot test blended-e-learning methodologies by updating 80 classrooms with technology and providing teachers training about hardware and digital contents.

The execution of the project will begin from the new session in August 2021.

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